The Centre for Asian Pacific Studies hosted a conference on "The Korean Peninsula: Assessing Prospects for Change" on 11 January.
About 50 political scientists from South Korea, mainland China and the US, as well as Hong Kong-based diplomats from Japan, Russia, the European Union and Britain, participated in the conference, which was co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong. This timely conference took place after the recent presidential election in South Korea, Barack Obama’s successful re-election as the US president, and mainland China’s leadership transition. Three themes were examined during the conference, including prospects for domestic reform in North Korea, the future of inter-Korean relations, and the Korea policies of China and the US.
Prof Jesús Seade, Vice-President of Lingnan University, and Ambassador Cho Yong-Chun, Consul-General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong, were invited to address the conference.