Yoon’s Washington visit should boost chances of a Democratic values-based ‘economic NATO’ in East Asia
By Jianli Yang & Yonghun Kim – April 24, 2023
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean War armistice and the security alliance between the United States and South Korea.
This week, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol will make his first state visit to Washington, where he will address a joint session of the U.S. Congress. After Seoul’s commendable rapprochement with Japan, Yoon’s visit to Washington will be another highly consequential diplomatic act for the South Korean leader.
The U.S. Congressional invitation to President Yoon states that this is a critical time to reaffirm the two countries’ “shared commitment to democracy, economic prosperity, and global peace.” Russia’s ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine has brought China, Russia, and North Korea closer together. China has become more dominant and aggressive on the world stage than at any time in recent history. Better geopolitical coordination between East Asian democracies is needed, as well as stronger military and economic ties with non-Asian democracies, especially the United States… [Continue Reading]