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World Economic Forum and global economy Updated: 2020-01-22 16:27:09 KST

The World Economic Forum has kicked off in Davos, Switzerland bringing together world leaders and prominent figures of the public and private sectors across the globe.
Trade wars, social inequality and climate change are expected to take center stage during this year's forum and the highlight so far was the showdown between U.S. President Donald Trump and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg over climate change.
Today we go in-depth on the key points of this year's Davos forum that marks its 50th anniversary with Dr. AN Jun-seong, at Graduate School of International Studies of Yonsei University.



1. This year's theme is 'Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World'. Could you first explain to us the implications of the theme?

2. The highlight of the forum so far is U.S. President Trump's speech. He touted "America's extraordinary prosperity" calling for more investment in the U.S. On the day he made the speech, his impeachment Senate trial also began. How did you see Trump's speech in Davos?

3. U.S. and China signed a phase one deal last week and much attention is focused on Washington's next step in its trade battle with Beijing. Would we be able to get some clues during the economic forum?

4. Trade negotiations are also ongoing between the U.S. and the EU, although it's largely overshadowed by U.S.-China trade war. Trump renewed his threat to slap tariffs on European cars in Davos. How are the U.S-EU trade talks going?
--- Impact of U.S-EU trade talks to the global economy?

5. Some claim that heightened tensions in the Middle East are rather helping the U.S. and the EU improve their economic ties. Your thoughts on this, and would we be able to see some progress o their trade negotiations in Davos?

6. Climate change is taking center stage during this year's WEF and reports are pouring out on how climate change is one of the biggest concerns for the global economy. How exactly is the climate change affecting the shape of the global economy?
-- Davos forum has called on all participating companies to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2050. Possible?

7. U.S. President Donald Trump and teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, carried on their indirect debate on climate change. President Trump revealed that the U.S. will join the initiative to plant one trillion trees but Thunberg retorted that is not enough. How did you see their showdown?

8. Also attending are South Korean government officials and business tycoons, including Minister Park Young-sun from the startup ministry, Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee and SK Chairman Chey Tae-won. What's expected from their participation?
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