East Asia's security is at a critical juncture. North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes continue to represent a threat to regional stability, while the Kim-Trump summit has been recently put into question by diverging interests and options regarding the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Concurrently, tensions remain high in the South China Sea where Chinese assertiveness clash with territorial and maritime claims held by neighbouring countries, putting at risk freedom of navigation in a part of the world which has become increasingly important for global trade and economic growth.
Chair and discussant:
Senior Fellow, Istituto Affari Internazionali
Mr. Ryo Sahashi
Professor of International Politics, and Director, Center for Asian Studies, Kanagawa University