The worldwide spread of Covid-19 pandemic and intensification of US-China rivalry and competition, among many factors, has brought about increasingly complicated and unpredictable challenges to the world. The new strategic context of great power rivalry between the US and China has multifaceted implications for all the countries in the Indo-Pacific. It is time for like-minded countries of the Indo-Pacific region to bolster regional security and economic cooperation to protect their interests from any potential superpower fallout. The pandemic has exposed the faultlines of the multilateral bodies, therefore a proliferation or an increase in trilaterals, minilateral and plurilateral initiatives is being seen.
India, ROK, Japan have shared values and a strong convergence of interests in maintaining peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific. In what ways and in what areas do the interests of Korea, Japan, and India converge (and diverge)? What are some of the constructive ways to further cooperation among the three in bilateral as well as trilateral sense? What are policy options that would contribute to enhancing strategic trust and cooperation among the three democracies? In what specific areas do we have potentials to advance economic cooperation?
This event is in partnership with Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA) and The Japan Forum on International Relations (JFIR).