A Transatlantic Approach to China – Engaging Indo-Pacific Regional Partners

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A discussion, in partnership with Asia Matters podcast, looking at how the US and Europe can best engage partners across the Indo-Pacific region in aligning strategies towards China.

Policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic have signalled China as the heart of their security concerns. However, divergent opinions about the nature of the response and their involvement with the Indo-Pacific region remain. Asian partners such as Japan, South Korea and India are crucial in any response to China, but they also pursue wider regional economic, political and strategic interests. Meanwhile, there is a surge of regionally focused strategic policy announcements, including AUKUS, the EU's Indo-Pacific strategy and the initiation of transatlantic cooperation through the Transatlantic Technology Council.

This is all taking place in the shadow of joint Russian–Chinese military exercises in the region and a new China Military Power report from the Pentagon which highlights Beijing’s increasingly ambitious military agenda. Europe and the US must find new ways of engaging strategically and economically with a region that is home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies, youngest populations and critical technological innovations.

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To discuss these geopolitical, economic and policy issues, RUSI and Asia Matters are delighted to host a discussion with:

Admiral Harry Harris served as US Ambassador to Korea from 2018 to 2021. Previously, he commanded US Pacific Command (now US Indo-Pacific Command) and before that served as the direct representative of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

Dr Michael Reiterer served as EU Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2017 to 2020 and is now Distinguished Professor at the Centre for Strategy, Diplomacy and Security, Brussels School of Governance. Previous diplomatic posts included Principal Advisor to the Asia and Pacific Department, European External Action Service (2012–16) and Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Japan (2002–06).

Chair: Raffaello Pantucci, Senior Associate Fellow, RUSI

This event is in partnership with the podcast Asia Matters and is organised as part of the RUSI–Chatham House Transatlantic Dialogue on China, with the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The Dialogue aims to encourage innovative thinking on how to address tensions in the transatlantic relationship over China.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Živilė Kulevičiūtė, Events Manager, at ZivileK@rusi.org.

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