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KEC Human Security Forum - Roundtable Discussion

ROK-China Relations in the 3rd term era of Xi Jinping


KEC Human Security Forum 2023 - Roundtable Discussion

KEC Human Security Forum 2023 - Roundtable Discussion

The Korea Europe Center is glad to announce that Dr. Heung-kyu Kim will participate in a roundtable discussion on 3 February 2023 at the institute of Korean Studies.


In recent years, South Korea seems to be increasingly entangled within the growing competition between China and the United States in its foreign policy. While South Korea carefully manoeuvres between the two powers and avoids taking sides, its foreign policy is further constrained by the growing threat from North Korea as well as domestic political polarization. However, the view that Korea must decide whether to move closer to the United States or China may be based too much on an external perspective on regional relations in East Asia from the perspective of Europe and the US. It therefore disregards certain aspects of Korean perceptions as well as the foundations and intentions of Chinese foreign policy, thereby unnecessarily limiting Korea's foreign policy options. Against this backdrop, Dr Kim's keynote speech will analyse bilateral relations of South Korea and China with a focus on the recent developments since 2022 and provide starting points for a joint discussion with the invited experts and the audience

Presenter: Dr. Heung-kyu Kim (Director, US-China Policy Institute [中美政策硏究所(UCPI)], Ajou University (亞州大學校))

Dr. Heung-Kyu KIM received his BA and MA in international relations at Seoul National University, ROK, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, USA. He is a founder of the US-China Policy Institute and serves as Director, and Professor in the department of political science and diplomacy at Ajou University, ROK. He served six years as Professor at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), MOFA. He was a visiting fellow at Georgetown University [2018], George Washington University [2022] in USA, and the Institute for Security and Development Policy(ISDP) in Stockholm, Sweden, in February 2020 and currently. His careers include Chairperson in the Reform Commission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a board member of the Policy Advisory Commission in the Presidential National Security Council, and other governmental positions such as in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Unification, National Defense, the Army, and the National Assembly. Also, Dr. Kim was Chairperson of the foreign policy sub-committee in the Presidential Policy Planning Commission, an executive consultant in the State Affairs Planning Advisory Committee, and a regular participant at ROK-China Strategic Dialogues. He was also invited as a board member of the national integration commission in the Presidential transition committee for the Yoon Sukyeol government. Dr. Kim has written more than 300 articles, books, and policy papers regarding Chinese politics and foreign policy, US-China relations, and security issues in Northeast Asia. He’s been the reviewer of International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (IRAP) in 2020. He wrote a book titled China’s Central-Local Relations and Decision-Making and got an award for Excellency of the year by the Ministry of Culture in 2008. He also got awarded the NEAR Foundation Academic prize of the year in Foreign Policy and Security area in 2014.


Dr. Gudrun Wacker (SWP Berlin), Dr. Aya Adachi (MERICS Berlin), Dr. In Young Min (HCTS Heidelberg)

Moderator: Dr. Florian Pölking (Researcher, IKS)