The Changing Geopolitical and Geo-Economic Dynamics in East Asia

The Changing Geopolitical and Geo-Economic Dynamics in East Asia

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The Antall József Knowledge Centre in cooperation with the European Institute for Asian Studies cordially invites you to the conference on the changing geopolitical and geo-economic dynamics in East Asia.

Due to the improvement of the standard of living, its economic stature, and the impressive demographic trends in the region, East Asia is projected to see its importance rise even further in the 21st century. The three core economies in the region, namely China, Japan, and South Korea are in a constant tug-of-war to increase their influence regionally and globally.

However, while China has gradually become one of the most prominent global actors, the comparative significance of Japan and South Korea started to decrease in the last decades. Consequently, the balance of power in East Asia has been shaken. Based on these factors, the conference focuses on the geopolitical and geo-economic dimensions of the changing dynamics of East Asia in the upcoming decades. The first panel seeks to shed light on the impact of the changing regional landscape on the three traditional East Asian powers, while the second panel aims to focus on the European Union’s perspective on the issue.

Please note that admission to the conference will be granted on the basis of a valid COVID Safe Certificate at the entrance (Complete vaccination of more than 2 weeks, a negative test result of less than 72 hours, or a recovery certificate within 6 months)

Draft Programme
(Other speakers to be confirmed in due course)

2:00pm – 2:10pm Opening Remarks
Balázs Hamar, Head of the Brussels Office, Antall József Knowledge Centre

2:10pm – 2:55pm Panel I. The China–Japan–South-Korea Triangle in an Increasingly
Competitive East Asian Arena

As China gradually asserts its geopolitical and geo-economic interests, Japan and South Korea also have to find a way to keep a steady pace in one of the world’s most competitive economic structures. However, besides regional rivalry, integration frameworks also must be kept in mind to satisfy the increasing East Asian economic interests. During the panel discussion, the questions will focus on how the three countries are maneuvering in an increasingly competitive East Asia and how they are contributing to the rise of the region as a whole. At the same time, the panel discussion seeks to examine the challenges these countries face, be it at the regional level or on the global stage.

Sunkung Choi, Assistant Professor, Center for East Asian Studies Groningen, University of

Wolfgang Pape, Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies

Norbert Miklós, International Relations Manager, Global Office, Antall József Knowledge

2:55pm – 3:15pm Coffee Break

3:15pm – 4:00pm Panel II. How the European Union May Adapt to the Changing
Dynamics in East Asia?

With the rapid expansion of bilateral commercial relations during the past couple of decades, the three core East Asian countries have gradually become an important piece of the puzzle for the European Union’s economic interests. The shifting structures of the East Asian economies, however, lead the EU to take on a different approach. How can the EU adapt to the shifting regional supply chains? How can it maintain its negotiating capacity with traditional East Asian partners while developing effective economic and political relationships with new actors? And most importantly, how can the EU benefit from the ongoing changes?

Richard Griffiths, Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Leiden University
H.E. Soon Gu Yoon, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea and Mission to the European Union

Moderator: Lin Goethals, Director, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

4:00pm – 5:00pm Networking Reception


Date And Time

28-09-2021 - 02:00 PM to
28-09-2021 - 05:00 PM

Registration End Date


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