The U.S.-China Strategic Competition and QUAD
[Current Issues & Policies] No. 2020-28 (November 2020)
Dr. KIM Jungsup
Senior Research Fellow,
The Sejong Institute
On October 6, 2020, QUAD Foreign Ministers Meeting was held in Tokyo amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. At the meeting, the foreign ministers of the United States, Japan, Australia and India raised concerns about China. In the midst of the U.S.-China strategic competition, how should South Korea position itself? South Korea must prepare the rise of China by cooperating with the U.S. and other allies. However, at the same time, it must be cautious about leaning toward an explicit anti-China stance but rather maintain a soft balance between the two. For South Korea’s national interest, it is not an option to choose one over the other. Now, strong diplomatic skills to make strategic judgment that goes beyond a simple selection between the U.S. and China and to explain such decision to both countries is imperative.
▶ For a full article in Korean, please follow the link: http://www.sejong.org/boad/1/egoread.php?bd=2&itm=&txt=&pg=1&seq=5598
※ Translator’s note: This is a summarized unofficial translation of the original paper which was written in Korean. All references should be made to the original paper.
※ This article is written based on the author’s personal opinions and does not reflect the views of the Sejong Institute.