John Lee is the editor of KOREA PRO, based in Seoul. Prior to that, he was a contributor for NK News and KOREA PRO. His focus is on South Korean foreign policy and ROK-U.S. relations.
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Unpaid dues and new defense purchases have cast shadow on Jakarta’s commitment to joint KF-21 program with South Korea
Yoon Suk-yeol sought to diversify supply chains and boost defense cooperation during state visit, but pitfalls remain
Loss will bleaken ROK’s reputation but may incentivize Seoul to work to boost credibility as foreign investment hub
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National Security Strategy departs from previous approach, pivoting to Japan and taking harder line on North Korea
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