Held in the international conference room on the 20th floor at Gwanghwamun Press Center with about 300 attendees
On May 16, an international conference was held to discuss China’s hegemonic strategy and the response of its neighboring countries in the Conference Hall on the 20th floor of the Gwanghwamun Press Center. The conference was organized by journalist Seong Sang-Hoon from Global Defense News, Chairman Chae Woo-Suk from Global Big Tent and professor Kim Jung-Min from Kim Jung-min International Strategic Research Institute.
The Chairman started by saying, “When South Korea was deploying the THAAD defensive system for the country’s national security against North Korea’s missile threats, China has threatened South Korean businesses operating in China such as Lotte malls, in addition, China had also interfered with Korean businesses operating outside of China.
At the time of the Korean War, we had the opportunity to reunify the Korean peninsula with Seoul’s leadership, but we were not able to achieve reunification because of the intervention of the Chinese Army. During a summit meeting between the President Xi and President Trump last year, President Xi made a statement that “the Korea peninsula is part of China.” He concluded by saying that China’s hegemonic strategy is threatening the Korean Peninsula.
The first speaker, Professor at University of Yuhan; Mika Watanabe said that “China plans to invade neighboring countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Mongolia, India and Vietnam, and that China plans to occupy Taiwan by 2025 and that “Chinese Dream” is an absurd desire to control the world after ruling out the Unite States and establishing supremacy in Asia. When China lacks power to control its neighboring countries, it seeks friendship with a promise of economic aid to win over political favor, and once it gains a more dominant position in the relationship, it ignores international laws and seizes territory, resources and technology of the other country. In the human rights issues, it does not recognize the right to freedom and survival for those do not share the same views other than that of the Chinese Communist Party.”
According to the second guest speaker, Professor Chassisu Sanbarti from India says “China’s regional hegemonic approach to the sovereignty of neighboring nations and the trade war with the United States have become significant issues in terms of international laws and norms. In this respect, two of the world’s largest democracies, India and the United States share the same view on these issues. “We are also expanding the scope of our activities to include a dynamic structure through alliance and security relations aimed at achieving a more accurate balance of power in the Indian and Pacific regions.”
He added that “In order to adjust the balance of power against China’s emerging hegemonic threats, it is very critical and urgent that the United States establish and strengthen relations with strategic partners with India and the Pacific countries such as Japan, Australia, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. He concluded by saying that China is trying to eliminate the presence of American forces in the Western Pacific through modernization of nuclear weapons and naval forces and that it is important for the United States to secure enough naval forces to counter China’s military ambitions in the region.
The Third professor, Lee Chun Keun stated that “China has been weak for the last 100 years. However It now wants to regain its strength in every area possible. Such behavior appears as a hegemonic behavior.”
“We cannot have a neutral stance when the United States and China are at conflict. By law, South Korea and the United States are allies and South Korea must act accordingly in times of conflict. Our dream has been and still is to create a great nation by reunifying first with the North Under Seoul’s leadership. The country that opposes our reunification with the North the most is China. Therefore, Korea cannot be a strategic partner with China.
According to the fourth speaker, professor Sean O’Malley “China is pressuring its neighboring countries in the Indo-Pacific to reorganize the order in the region by utilizing military modernization, political influence, and looting economy. China wants to achieve regional hegemony and supremacy around the world in the near future. At the 19th Communist Party’s general meeting in November last year, China’s President Xi Jinping said, “No matter what stage of development China will reach, China will not seek hegemony or engage in territorial expansion.” Despite the words of the Chinese prime minister, China is actively engaged in territorial expansion and hegemony. “
Lastly, according to professor Kim Jung Min, “Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the start of republic of China’s trade with democratic countries, China has made a continued effort to develop its own export-import routes that are beyond the reach of the American influence. This has resulted in a new pipeline construction race called “The New Great Game” in Central Asia and China has taken a much better position than the United States or Russia. This is a vast area where China ‘s policy on developing independent trade routes which is famously known as “One Belt One Road” is not only restricted to Central Asia or the Middle East, but also the surrounding areas of China. The Korean Peninsula of Northeast Asia is another important geopolitical position of this hegemonic competition. Therefore South Korea is under the influence of hegemonic competition between the United States and China.”
About 300 people gathered at the venue and passed around pamphlets containing information regarding the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights violations such as organ harvesting and sales.
On this particular day, all of the elevators in the press center building which is run by Korea Press Foundation was shut down completely before and after the ceremony, and some of the attendees had to walk from the first floor to the 20th floor where the event was held.
The following news article was translated by visualtrackers.com in English
The original news article was written by Journalist; Seong Sang-Hoon and can be found by the link below: