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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

China has been so busy paying off Taiwan’s few diplomatic allies to switch allegiances to China that people in Taiwan are starting to bet on which country is next to go. China claims sovereignty over Taiwan and says that nation has no right to set up relations with foreign countries.

The latest casualty in the China-Taiwan diplomatic game is Panama, which announced on June 12 that, after several decades of relations with Taiwan, it would break that relationship to sign with China instead.

“Panama’s move is a heavy body blow for Taiwan,” said Sean King, Senior Vice President of Park Strategies. “An obviously major shipping nation that uses the U.S. dollar, Panama has long been one of Taipei’s highest-profile diplomatic allies.” (The only higher profile one is the Vatican.)

Which countries are going to switch allegiances next? The bets are on these three:

Nicaragua. Although Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega gave Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen a warm welcome in January, Nicaragua has a history of breaking off diplomatic relations, having done so in 1985. There is also a question of Chinese control over the Interoceanic Canal, since Nicaragua gave responsibility for that canal to a Chinese businessman.

Paraguay. Paraguay established ties with Taiwan in 1957 and has never broken those ties. Taiwan has also offered a great deal of aid to Paraguay. However, changes in that nation’s leadership and the fact that Taiwan is no longer involved in “checkbook diplomacy” could make China’s invitations more enticing.

St. Lucia. This country was once an ally of China but signed on with Taiwan in 2007. However St. Lucia’s historic willingness to switch sides, plus the expiration of a 2012 truce between China and Taiwan, would make the island nation an easy target for China’s overtures.

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Sean King, Senior Vice President, Park Strategies joined Shery Ahn and Doug Krizner to discuss his concerns over the upcoming meeting between Trump and Xi at Mar-a-Lago. He started by looking at what impact yesterday’s missile launch by North Korea will have.

Originally posted here.