The June 2018 meeting between North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump seemed to signify a new momentum in East Asia’s geopolitical balance. A few months later, the warm feelings had cooled, returning to the status quo. What does this mean for relations among the US, China, Japan, and South Korea?

Meanwhile, China’s military buildup on artificial islands in the East China Sea continues, leading to potential conflicts with nations, including the Philippines. The development of China’s One Belt One Road Initiative moves forward, bringing infrequent flashes of unrest between India and China along the border.

With a stronger China and an unpredictable US, countries look for balance in a potentially new military and economic framework.

October 14, 2018 G1 Global Conference

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