Lee Seong-hyon

Lee Seong-hyon

Lee Seong-hyon, PhD, is director of the Centre for Chinese Studies at Sejong Institute in Seoul. Formerly, he was director of Department of Unification Studies at Sejong. He is a graduate from Grinnell College, Harvard University, and Tsinghua University. He was Pantech Fellow of Stanford University. Currently he is also senior fellow (nonresident) at the Centre for Korean Peninsula Studies at Peking University.

Latest from Lee Seong-hyon

Opinion | US-China relations: who’s the alpha male? America’s friends and allies are watching closely

If America wants to repair its regional alliances, it must first show it can deal with Beijing from a position of strength. Small and medium-sized nations need assurances they won’t be used merely as a tool to counter China, to be discarded the moment it suits the US.

If America wants to repair its regional alliances, it must first show it can deal with Beijing from a position of strength. Small and medium-sized nations need assurances they won’t be used merely as a tool to counter China, to be discarded the moment it suits the US.

US-China relations: who’s the alpha male? America’s friends and allies are watching closely
24 Feb 2021 - 10:19AM
Opinion | As it deals with China rivalry, the US must show it can still be trusted to stand by its allies in Asia

Asian nations have been disappointed by Washington’s lack of leverage over Beijing. There is a view that Donald Trump is adopting a hardline posture towards China for the upcoming presidential election, and might abandon Asian allies once victory is secured.

Asian nations have been disappointed by Washington’s lack of leverage over Beijing. There is a view that Donald Trump is adopting a hardline posture towards China for the upcoming presidential election, and might abandon Asian allies once victory is secured.

As it deals with China rivalry, the US must show it can still be trusted to stand by its allies in Asia
14 Jun 2020 - 10:35AM
Opinion | The Trump-Kim summit was doomed by decades of mistrust and both countries’ personnel failures

The failure in Hanoi was both bureaucratic and cultural, leaving the distrust between the two to be resolved on the final day of talks. That it was not will have long-term consequences.

The failure in Hanoi was both bureaucratic and cultural, leaving the distrust between the two to be resolved on the final day of talks. That it was not will have long-term consequences.

The Trump-Kim summit was doomed by decades of mistrust and both countries’ personnel failures
4 Mar 2019 - 3:06AM
Opinion | Kim Jong-un in Beijing: is North Korea a bargaining chip in US-China trade talks?

Despite its denials, China is not above mixing politics with economics to gain an upper hand in international relations. Neither is America under Trump. It’s safe to say the North Korea nuclear issue is a consideration.

Despite its denials, China is not above mixing politics with economics to gain an upper hand in international relations. Neither is America under Trump. It’s safe to say the North Korea nuclear issue is a consideration.

Kim Jong-un in Beijing: is North Korea a bargaining chip in US-China trade talks?
24 Jan 2019 - 6:43PM
Opinion | Kim Jong-un threatens ‘a new path’ if negotiations don’t work: should the US be worried?

North Korea’s leader needs to produce economic results and sees diplomacy as a way of getting them, with or without the United States’ cooperation.

North Korea’s leader needs to produce economic results and sees diplomacy as a way of getting them, with or without the United States’ cooperation.

Kim Jong-un threatens ‘a new path’ if negotiations don’t work: should the US be worried?
3 Jan 2019 - 6:25AM
When it comes to North Korea, the US should stop pointing fingers and act
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM