Disagreements over historical issues and North Korea have long strained relations between Japan, China and South Korea but with US policy towards East Asia expected to enter a new phase, the three Asian powers are reassessing their political and economic ties. Leaders of Japan, China and South Korea have held several trilateral Summits since 2008, most recently in Seoul in 2015. The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat set up following the historical 2008 meeting has a mandate to promote peace and common prosperity between the three countries. Despite the vision, however, struggles for regional influence and power, bilateral tensions and historical and territorial disputes continue to be serious obstacles to greater cooperation.
- How will the Trump presidency affect East Asian efforts at enhanced trilateral cooperation?
- What progress has the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat made since its opening in 2011?
- Can greater trade and investment links help countries in the region move past historical grievances?
- Can Europe encourage and support cooperation among the three North East Asian states?
17.30 – 18.00 Welcome and registration of participants
18.00 – 19.30 Japan, China and South Korea: Trilateral cooperation in the Trump era
19.30 Networking cocktail
Shada Islam / Director for Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe