South Korea’s tilt toward US risks stalling growing ties with Southeast Asia
Seoul’s embrace of new ‘Indo-Pacific strategy’ will require efforts to reassure partners of its commitment to region
Following the recent U.S.-ROK summit, South Korea confirmed what many had anticipated: New President Yoon Suk-yeol is scrapping his predecessor’s signature New Southern Policy (NSP) focused on engaging Southeast Asia and India.
The two countries’ joint statement formally announced that the Yoon administration will move ahead with formulating its own “Indo-Pacific strategy framework,” which would complement the U.S. blueprint for the region.
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