To promote a new global partnership, South Korean President Yoon Seok-yul attended the NATO Summit in Spain last week to promote economic and security cooperation with NATO member states.
In his debut speech at the summit, Yun emphasized the importance of “value-based” solidarity to protect universal values and tackle concurrency conflicts.
“Freedom and peace are guaranteed by solidarity with the international community,” Yun said. “We hope that our partnership will be the basis of solidarity that protects universal values and principles.”
Yun also warned of ongoing conflicts and problems that endanger these values. This was a reference to China and Russia, according to an interview with an unnamed South Korean official from Reuters.
“As new structures of competition and conflict are being formed, there are moves to deny the universal values we have protected,” he said.
In particular, the NATO Summit is addressing China’s ambitions and assertive action as one of the “systematic challenges to a rule-based international order” in the first-ever updated guideline.
In addition, according to Korean media, Yun and Stoltenberg reaffirmed their commitment to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula at a meeting on June 30.
Yun and Stoltenberg also agreed to form a “new strategic cooperation partnership” and that South Korea would establish a permanent mission at NATO headquarters.
During the NATO summit, the South Korean president also held a bystander meeting with US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to discuss provocations in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
In particular, Yun emphasizes that democratic values such as freedom, human rights and the rule of law are respected only when NATO and the Indo-Pacific are in solidarity.
Europe as an alternative to China
The Yoon Sui administration will strengthen political and military relations with NATO and hold bilateral summits with 10 European countries to discuss partnerships in major industries such as nuclear and military technology, semiconductors and renewable energy. rice field.
According to Yonhap News Agency, the President of South Korea is aiming to secure a semiconductor supply chain, expand cooperation between nuclear energy and defense, and expand partnerships in the space industry at bystander meetings with the Netherlands, Poland and France, respectively. ..
In addition, the administration states that the purpose of strengthening bilateral partnerships with European countries is to reduce the dependence of the South Korean economy on China.
According to the Korea Times, Choi Sang-mok, South Korea’s senior presidential secretary for economics, said that the Yoon Sin-shu administration would replace China’s economic decline to make the country’s trade credible. A Korean partner who says he is looking for a trading partner.
“The era of China’s export boom that we have enjoyed over the last two decades is over. That is why we need to find alternative markets and diversify our trading partners,” he said.
“Pursuing common values”: Yoon Sin Shu
As a result of restoring and strengthening relations with the West, South Korea is also experiencing threats and opposition from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
At a press conference on July 1, Yun reiterated the importance of a “value-based” approach in addressing international and domestic issues.
“When it comes to trilateral and NATO summits, it’s not about excluding certain countries,” Yun told reporters on a presidential jet when he returned to South Korea. “Whenever we tackle domestic issues or international agendas, we should pursue common values and follow the rules that everyone should follow.”