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Indo-Pacific Strategic Cooperation and South Korea-China Relations
2021-07-02 View : 188 Park Jae Jeok

Indo-Pacific Strategic Cooperation and South Korea-China Relations

Park Jae Jeok

(jjpark@hufs.ac.kr)

Associate Professor, 

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies


English Abstract

The U.S. is actively seeking South Koreas cooperation in implementing its Indo-Pacific Strategy. South Korea may respond to the U.S. demand for cooperation by negotiating South Koreas new Southern Policy with the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy as a strategy to maintain the ROK-U.S. alliance. In fact, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy creates a space for South Korea to cooperate with China in areas of infrastructure and maritime security. Nonetheless, the Indo-Pacific Strategys ultimate goal is to keep China in check. As the number and scale of military training conducted by the Quad - x + European countries in Northeast Asia are expected to increase, South Korea may have to choose between establishing a U.S. security network and considering China's security interests around the Korean Peninsula first, not in the South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait, or the Indian Ocean. 

 Translators note: This is a third partys unofficial translation of the original paper that was written in Korean. All references should be made to the original paper.

 This article is written based on the authors personal opinions and does not reflect the views of the Sejong Institute.