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The Korea Now Podcast

May 31, 2020

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Stephen Nagy. They speak about the impact of coronavirus on East Asia, how the crisis has affected relationships in the region, the opportunities that it originally presented for deeper cooperation, the failure of leadership from Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, how Japan are dealing with the crisis, the substantive links between China’s response to the current moment and that with recent challenges in Hong Kong and the arrest of a Huawei executive in Canada, the institutional problems inside China that are being exposed, the impact on global trade and regional economies, the need for an independent investigation into China’s original handling of the outbreak, the economic coercion that China are using to discourage such an investigation, and importantly the future of East Asia and the Asia Pacific as well as the prospects for the emergence of influential new middle power alliances.

Stephen Nagy is a Distinguished Fellow at Canada's Asia Pacific Foundation (APF), a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI), and an appointed China expert with Canada’s China Research Partnership. Stephen is currently a Senior Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the International Christian University, Tokyo. He was selected for the 2018 Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) AILA Leadership Fellowship in Washington, and has published widely in both peer-reviewed journals and popular media. You can follow Stephen’s writing, and access the research sources for this podcast at:, and

*** The link to the previous podcast with Stephen Nagy on regionalism and summit diplomacy is available here:

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