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About Sean King

Sean King of Park StrategiesSean King is the Vice President of Park Strategies, LLC, a government and business advisory firm in New York founded by businessman, politician, and former Senator Alfonse D’Amato. As the former Senior Advisor for Asia in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service and a business consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers in Singapore, Mr. King has years of experience with business affairs in Asia. As such, Park Strategies, LLC has charged him to develop business relationships and manage transactions with Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and China. Sean King specializes in commerce, and although he covers the entire Asia-Pacific region for Park Strategies, his focus gravitates toward Taiwan.

As Vice President of Park Strategies, LLC, Sean King makes frequent appearances as a keynote speaker in international conferences and global business events. In 2007, he appeared at the Florida Business Summit at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He was also invited to speak at the Annual Chicago Asia-Pacific Business Conference in 2006 and again in 2007. He has written several editorials on trade relations with Taiwan that have appeared in the Seoul Times, the Singapore Straits times, Taiwan Security Research, and the South China Morning Post.

Sean King has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and an undergraduate degree from the American University in Washington, D.C. In addition to his interest in international business and politics, he enjoys the sport of hockey.

Recent News

Tough negotiations are ahead for China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as they attempt to pull together a code of conduct for avoiding mishaps in the contested South China Sea.

Beijing claims more than 90 percent of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea. This overlaps with areas Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines say belongs to them. The code of conduct is aimed at avoiding accidents as those nations explore for oil, gas, and fish, as well as developing some of the many islets in the South China Sea.

Experts say China will oppose defining the scope of the sea, making the code binding, and any enforcement of actions that would limit its maritime activities.

China and ASEAN foreign ministers approved a framework code in Manila on Sunday. But China may fear that a code of conduct would expose or curb some of its marine activities.

The framework that was approved doesn’t have any specifics that might alarm China. Rather, it covers broad advice about avoiding incidents between aircraft and sea vessels.

ASEAN members will want a legally binding code with an enforcement scheme and ways of monitoring incidents. China is likely to protest any eventual code clauses on enforcement, legal authority, and South China Sea boundaries that cover islands it believes it controls outright.

It will also oppose any link to compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, says Sean King, Senior Vice President of Park Strategies.

Philippine foreign affairs spokesman Robespierre Bolivar said his country wants a legally binding code in the end—but, he told reporters, the code should reflect a consensus.

 

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a meeting with his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yoong Ho, on Sunday during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministerial meetings in Manila.

Wang said he urged Ri to adhere to UN resolutions and stop provoking the international community with missile launches and nuclear tests. He also said he advised Ri to take a “double suspension” approach to easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula—in other words, North Korea would suspend its nuclear tests and the U.S. and Japan would suspend joint military drills.

The warning to North Korea from ASEAN should soothe the U.S. government, which the organization’s members hope will become more active in the region. At the same time, they are trying to protect their own relationship with North Korea.

Although the Philippines, this year’s ASEAN chair, denied that pressure from the U.S. played a role in their statement, scholars suspect that Washington was indeed a factor, particularly in light of the fact that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is attending part of the organization’s ministerial meetings.

The ASEAN countries recognize North Korea diplomatically, and North Korea has embassies in eight of them. The nation therefore has an outlet for its money-making activities abroad, and Southeast Asian companies have been allowed to do business in a country that is normally off limits.

According to Sean King, Senior Vice President of political consultancy firm Park Strategies, some North Korean embassies effectively do business for Kim Jong Un’s government, possibly tempering any resolve in Southeast Asia to upset it.

“In addition to supporting ostensibly legitimate businesses like ginseng sales and restaurants, these embassies act as control centers for the North’s regional smuggling networks and other plainly illicit operations,” King said.

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