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Free and United Korea: US-China-Korea Relations


 SUMMARY REPORT  Free and Unified Korea: Challenges and Opportunities
amid the Dynamic U.S.-China Relations

During the past decade, the Global Peace Foundation, Action for Korea United and their partners have been consistently promoting international support for nuclear-free and Korean-led peaceful unification to uphold freedom, democratic values, rule of law and human rights, as an urgent, not a distant goal, based on the shared identity and cultural heritage of the Korean people.

The International Forum on One Korea virtual forum series convene prominent scholars, policymakers, journalists, and civil society leaders from Korea and the global community to examine the new circumstances, identify new opportunities and develop a more specific roadmap for a Free and Unified Korea predicated on the ideals embodied in the ancient Korean ethos of Hongik Ingan – “Living for the Greater Benefit of All Humanity.”

USA and China are the two main foreign powers involved in the Korean War. The status of the U.S.-China relations has been critical to the Korean peninsula including the issues of unification and nuclear crisis. For several decades since President Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing, the U.S.-China relationship has been basically viewed as collaborative even though some challenges occurred occasionally. The Six-Party talks assumed potential collaboration between USA and China, yet unfortunately produced little meaningful progress. Since President Trump’s inauguration, the U.S.-China relationship has experienced dramatic changes, from strategic partners to strategic rivalries or even enemies. However, the U.S. Presidential election makes this change uncertain. This change and uncertainty puts Korea in a dilemma of dealing with USA as the main ally and China as the largest trading partner.  

This virtual forum will bring a panel of esteemed experts from these three countries to examine the current status and trends of dynamic U.S.-China-Korea relations, while focusing on potential opportunities amidst challenges to advance the agenda of a Free and Unified Korea.   

Moderator: Mr. Yeqing Li, Senior Fellow on Northeast Asia Peace & Development, Global Peace Foundation

Welcome Remarks

  • Mr. James P. Flynn, International President, Global Peace Foundation
  • Mr. Inteck Seo, Co-President, Action for Korea United
  • Dr. Jai Poong Ryu, Founder, One Korea Foundation


U.S. Perspective

  • Mr. Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Former Special Assistant to President Reagan
  • Mr. Joseph Bosco, Senior Fellow, Institute for Corea-American Studies; Former China Country Director, US Department of Defense

China Perspective

  • Dr. Huiyao Wang, Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization
  • Dr. Feng Zhu, Professor of International Relations, Dean of the Institute of International Studies, Nanjing University

Korea Perspective

  • Dr. Tae-Hwan Kwak, Visiting Chair-Professor, Kyungnam University; Former President, Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU)
  • Dr. Ki-Young Sung, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS)


  • Ambassador John Everard, Former United Kingdom Ambassador to North Korea
  • Dr. Jagannath P. Panda, Centre Coordinator, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi  

  • Dr. Vladimir Ivanov, Senior Associate and Director of Mosco Office, EastWest Institute
  • Mr. Hyun Seung Lee, North Korean Defector connected to Bureau 39



 Mr. Yeqing (Victor) Li is a Senior Fellow on Northeast Asia Peace and Development at the Global Peace Foundation. In this capacity, he directs the International Advisory Council which is composed of a group of top scholars from Korea, USA, China, Japan, Russia, Mongolia, India, etc., to facilitate international support for nuclear-free and Korean-led peaceful unification as well as peace and development in Northeast Asia and beyond. He is also the Founding President of the China Society based in Washington, DC; former Non-resident Senior Fellow of the Center for China and Globalization, a leading independent think tank in China; former foreign direct investment consultant at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group; Co-Founder and President of the Global Young Leaders Academy and Founding Executive Director of the International Young Leaders Assembly (IYLA) which has empowered over 10,000 young leaders from more than 150 countries; former President and current Honorary President of Peking University Alumni Association - DC Metropolitan. He earned his BA in Sociology from Peking University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Opening Remarks

Mr. James P. Flynn is International President of the Global Peace Foundation. As the executive officer of a large, global network of chapters, he provides leadership and management for Global Peace Foundation’s diverse portfolio of peacebuilding and international development work. His robust leadership is reflected in the planning and convening of Global Peace Leadership Conferences on four continents and in the preeminent Global Peace Convention, as well as in the organization’s branding, educational content, and operational management. Mr. Flynn has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than thirty years, and served as an educator, international conflict mediator, interfaith facilitator, and grassroots leader of family strengthening and youth violence prevention programs.

Mr. Inteck Seo is President of Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Korea and co-chair of Action for Korea United, a coalition of over 850 NGOs committed to building a grassroots movement to support Korean reunification. Mr. Seo has been involved with many of GPF’s ground-breaking initiatives to advance awareness and advocacy for Korean reunification and overseas development work. He was instrumental in the launch of the All-Lights Village Project that uses solar powered lanterns to spark community development through improved literacy, entrepreneurship, economic opportunity and security.

Dr. Jai Poong Ryu Portrait

Dr. Jai-poong Ryu is a Professor Emeritus at Loyola University, and Founder, One Korea Foundation. BA from Law College Seoul National University: PhD/sociology from University Minnesota. Main interest areas: macro-sociological interpretation of history, conflict resolution, and social institutions, also served as advisor to two Baltimore mayors and US Census Bureau, in 2015 for the 70th commemoration of Korea’s liberation and division, Ryu led OKF for 1Dream1Korea Campaign at Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Hill with Global Peace Foundation.


Dr. Joseph Bosco is former China Country Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Corea-American Studies, a member of the U.S.-China task force at the Center for the National Interest, and Senior Associate at the Institute for Taiwan-America Studies. He taught graduate seminars on U.S.-China Relations at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. His publications and speeches are collected at  

Mr. Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry. He writes regularly for leading publications such as Fortune magazine, National Interest, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Times. Bandow speaks frequently at academic conferences, on college campuses, and to business groups. Bandow has been a regular commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He holds a JD from Stanford University. 

Dr. Huiyao (Henry) Wang is the Founder and President of the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), the leading Chinese think tank that ranked among top 100 think tanks in the world. Chinese Premier appointed Dr. Wang as a Counselor of China State Council, China’s cabinet. Dr. Wang is Vice Chairman of the China Association for International Economic Cooperation Association of the Ministry of Commerce and Chairman of China Global Talent Society under the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. In addition, he is the Dean of the Institute of Development Studies of China Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. He is also a Vice Chairman of China Western (Overseas) Returned Scholars Association. Besides, he sits on the Migration Advisory Board of International Organization of Migration (IOM) of the United Nation. Dr. Wang pursued his PhD studies in international business at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Manchester. He was a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has written and edited over 70 books in both Chinese and English on global trade, global governance, global migration, China outbound and inbound investment, Chinese Diasporas and Chinese think tanks.

 Dr. Zhu Feng is the Director of the Institute of International Studies at Nanjing University and Executive Director of China Center for Collaborative Studies of the South China Sea, Nanjing University.  He writes extensively on regional security in East Asia, the nuclear issue in North Korea, China-US military and diplomatic relations. As a leading Chinese security expert, Professor Zhu’s recent book includes International Relations Theory and East Asian Security (2007), China’s Ascent: Power, Security, and Future of International politics (co-edited with Professor Robert S. Ross, Cornell University Press 2008), China-Japan Security Cooperation and Defense Communication: the Past, Present, and Future (Co-edited with Prof. Akiyama Asahiro, Tokyo: Aiji Press, 2011), and America, China and the Struggle for the World Order (co-edited with Prof. G. John Ikenbery and Prof. Wang jisi, MacMillan, 2015). He sits on a couple of editorial boards of scholarly journals, consults independently for the Chinese government and the private sector, and comments frequently on television and radio and in the print media on Chinese foreign affairs and security policy. Professor Zhu began his undergraduate studies at the Department of International Politics at Peking University in 1981 and received his Ph.D. from Peking University in 1991.

Dr. Tae-Hwan Kwak is is Professor Emeritus at Eastern Kentucky University (USA), Former President of the Korea Institute for National Unification (ROK), Chairman of the Institute for Korean Peninsula Future Strategies (Seoul, ROK), and President of the Korean Unification Strategies Research Council (Los Angeles, USA)  Email:  


Dr. Sung Ki-Young  is a senior research fellow at the Security Strategy Research Division of the Institute for National Security Strategy. Dr. Sung’s main research area covers inter-Korean relations and North Korea policy of the ROK, regional cooperation of Northeast Asia. He received Ph.D. in international studies from University of Warwick(UK), and conducted postdoctoral research at the Korean Studies Institute in University of Southern California. After he had come back to South Korea, he worked for the Yonsei Institute for North Korea, and Korea Institute for National Unification as a research fellow. During his years at the KINU, he also worked for the Presidential Committee for Unification Preparation as a policy advisor (2015-2016) and the Ministry of Unification as a Director General for Unification Policy (2016-2017). Prior to joining academia, he had also worked for leading news magazines in South Korea, including Shindong-A (monthly), Weekly Dong-A, and Sisa-Journal from 1995 to 2005 primarily focusing on politics and economy in South Korea and various North Korea issues.  



Mr. John Everard served in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office for twenty-seven years, working in Austria, Bosnia, Chile, and China (twice). He served as Ambassador three times, in Belarus, Uruguay and lastly in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from 2006-2008. After his retirement from the diplomatic service in 2008 he was appointed Pantech Fellow at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University from 2010-2011. He was then appointed as Coordinator of the United Nations Security Council Panel of Experts established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1874 (dealing with sanctions on the DPRK). He withdrew from that position in November 2012 and has since written extensively for the media, broadcast and lectured, both on Korean issues and on international affairs generally. He is a Patron of the UK Defence Forum. He published a book Only Beautiful, Please in 2012 that described his experiences of living and working in the DPRK and discussed some of the challenges presented by that country. 

Dr. Jagannath Panda is a Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi. He joined IDSA in MP-2006. Dr. Panda is in charge of East Asia Centre’s academic and administrative activities, including Track-II and Track 1.5 dialogues with Chinese, Japanese and Korean think-tanks/institutes. He is a recipient of the V. K. Krishna Menon Memorial Gold Medal (2000) from the Indian Society of International Law & Diplomacy in New Delhi.He obtained his doctorate (PhD) from the Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS), School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2007. He received a Master in Philosophy (MPhil) from the Department of Chinese & Japanese Studies (now East Asian studies) and studied Master of Arts (MA) at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi.  

Vladimir Ivanov, Ph.D., is the Director of the EastWest Institute's Moscow Office. Before his current position, Vladimir was responsible for overseeing and managing EWI's Fiscal Transparency Program, including the publication of a series of studies on fiscal flows between the Federal Budget and the Regions. He was also responsible for EWI's project on reforming regional finances in the Kaliningrad Region, as well as research and development activities in the area of public finance in Russia with a focus on its relationship with the developing private sector. Vladimir currently is involved in all EWI projects with a "Russia dimension," particularly Protection and Counter-terrorism and the U.S.-Russia Constructive Agenda Initiative. His previous professional experience includes work in the fields of social sciences research, business journalism, public relations, journalism and public relations management training, and strategic business planning. Vladimir is the author of numerous articles published in the Russki Telegraf and Vremya Novostej on Russian economics. He received a B.A. in International Journalism and a Ph.D. in History from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).  

Mr. Hyun Seung Lee is a highly sought-after consultant specialized in North Korea affairs for a variety of think tanks and NGOs in the Washington, D.C. area. As a son of a high-ranking official, Hyun-Seung Lee was raised in an elite environment with the most prestigious opportunities available in North Korean society. After graduating summa cum laude from Pyongyang Foreign Language School, he volunteered as a sergeant for the Korean People’s Army. Promoted from a young age to the Korean Workers Party, he served as Chairman of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League in the Dalian, China branch while studying at China Dongbei University of Finance and Economics. He then worked in DPRK-China business relations as Deputy General Manager at Korea Miyang Shipping Corporation, an entity owned by the Kim regime. With the start of a series of Kim’s brutal purges, he and his family defected in 2014 and is now settled in the United States.