What do you get when you put in one room scholars from Taiwan, South Korea and Japan? Despite the volatile political and territorial issues that these countries face, the trilateral dialogue between the three brought together political and diplomatic experts to discuss and hash out all these burning issues in the region.
This is the fifth event like this in the past two years, this time organized by the National Chengchi University’s MacArthur Center for Security Studies. But this is probably the first time where all the three countries are facing disputes with each other. Executive Director Liu Fu-kuo believes that all the more should they be having this dialogue, so they can work together to find possible, peaceful and feasible solutions to solve these disputes. The one day event includes forums on general security challenges, maritime disputes and cooperation mechanisms in the region.
Chun Chae-sung, a professor of international relations at Seoul National University said that instead of just adapting a national mind-set when expressing their stands and opinions, they should also think of their regional identity because no one country can single-handedly find a solution to these various disputes.
The territorial dispute between Japan and South Korea over the Takeshima/Dokdo Islands have reached a boiling point in the past few months while Taiwan, Japan and China are involved in a dispute over the Tiaoyutai/Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Both situations have shown no sign of being resolved anytime soon.