The US-Asia Institute welcomed the Asian Politics and History Association (APHA) for its annual conference on the weekend of October 27th. The theme was the impact of the Indo-Pacific Strategy on Asia. The keynote speaker, Ambassador Otgonbayar Yondon, the Mongolian Ambassador to the United States, kickstarted the program by giving an informative presentation on Mongolian history and the path that Mongolia is on for the 21st century. His Excellency described key Mongolian ideology, like religious tolerance and receptiveness to new ideas.
For the rest of the day, various panels and individuals presented their papers. First, Dr. Alicia Campi presented on her paper, “Overview: US Foreign Policy in the Indo-Pacific Region.” Then, Akkio Kawai presented her paper called “The Role of ‘Tea’ on the Relationship between Japan, China, and Korea”. To round off the first panel, Dr. Kingsley Haynes gave his talk on The Impact of High-Speed Rail Investment on Economic and Environmental Change in China.
After a brief intermission, the second panel presented their papers. First, Dr. Danning Wang spoke on his paper titled “How the Belt and Road Initiative Could Contribute to the Regional Economic Development of Northeast Asia”. Then, Kevin Ho spoke on his paper titled “The US-China-EU Relationship through the Lenses of “Trade Wars”. To end the final panel, Dr. Joseph Drew presented on the topic of “Contemporary India and Population Movement: Exchanges, Transfers, and Enclaves & Exclaves.
To close the conference, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony was held.
That night, participants were invited to an intimate reception at the Mongolian Embassy, where the group enjoyed a night filled with great conversation, food, and a rousing performance on the Morin Khuur, a traditional Mongolian instrument.