With international attention focused on a potential U.S.-North Korea summit meeting in May, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a surprise trip to Beijing in late March to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The North Korean leader’s visit to Beijing, his first foreign visit since assuming power in late 2011, came amid strained bilateral relations in recent years. Kim and Xi appear to have reinvigorated the historical bonds between the two countries and reaffirmed China’s crucial role in the future of the Korean Peninsula. Ambassador Mark Lippert will offer a keynote address that will explore the dynamics and tensions of the historical relationship between China and North Korea, the potential impact of Korean reunification on China, and China’s role in a limited military conflict and its aftermath.
Ambassador Mark Lippert, Keynote Speaker
Current member of the Board of Trustees at the Asia Foundation and former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea.
Oriana Skylar Mastro, Moderator
Assistant Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University
Jeanne Kirkpatrick Scholar, American Enterprise Institute