China and North Korea: Friends Without Benefits

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 20184:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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In the weeks leading up to the historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, China is feeling sidelined. What does Beijing want from Pyongyang? How does China’s interest in North Korea differ from that of the United States? And what might Beijing do to ensure North Korea remains within China’s sphere of influence?

Isaac Stone Fish is a journalist and a senior fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations in New York City; an on-air contributor to CBSN, and an international affairs analyst for PRI’s The World. Previously he served as Foreign Policy Magazine’s Asia Editor: he managed coverage of the region, and wrote about the politics, economics, and international affairs of China, Japan, and North Korea. A fluent Mandarin speaker and formerly a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek, Stone Fish spent seven years living in China prior to joining Foreign Policy. He has traveled widely in the region and in the country, visiting every Chinese province, autonomous region, and municipality.

His views on international affairs have been widely quoted, including in MSNBC, ABC, NPR, CBS, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Slate, The Guardian, the BBC, the Sydney Morning Herald, Talking Points Memo, and Al-Jazeera, among others; and in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese media. Besides publishing in Foreign Policy, Stone Fish’s articles have also appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Slate, The New Republic, Politico Magazine, The Daily Beast, Time, and the Los Angeles Times. While in Beijing, he served on the board of the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of China, and, when the sky wasn’t the color of glue, was an avid runner.

Stone Fish is a graduate of Columbia University, where he studied Chinese literature. He is also a Truman National Security Project fellow, a non-resident senior fellow at the University of Nottingham’s China Policy Institute, and an alumnus of the World Economic Forum Global Shaper’s program.


Mayumi Yamaguchi


Andre Schmid
Professor, Department of East Asian Studies Collaborative Master's Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Institute

Lynette Ong
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Asian Institute

Isaac Stone Fish
Journalist and a senior fellow at the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations in New York City


East Asian Seminar Series at the Asian Institute

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