South Korea’s conservative presidential candidate is gaining popularity due to his strict stance on China


South Korea’s presidential candidate Hong Joon-pyo has made a series of pledges to transform South Korea’s diplomacy if elected as it prepares for the March 2022 presidential election. ..

Hong promises “Korea First” policies such as building a nuclear sharing program between South Korea and the United States, abolishing “Three No” commitments to China, and other security, defense and foreign policy campaign treaties. bottom.

“Korea is now isolated because of its confused diplomacy,” Hong said. Said at a press conference The Moon Jae-in administration has not set consistent principles in the intensifying strategic competition between the United States and China. That “tightrope diplomacy” has been under the banner of strategic ambiguity. “

“As a result, both China and the United States lost credibility and led to a diplomatic dilemma. At the same time, in domestic politics, Moon used” anti-Japanese sentiment “to build the worst relationship with Japan. “

Mr. Hong is a candidate for the People Power Party, the largest opposition party in South Korea and the main party of the Conservative Party. The former governor and prosecutor of Gyeongsangnam-do are currently members of parliament for the fifth term. He was a Grand National Party presidential candidate in the 2017 South Korean presidential election. During the 2017 presidential election, Hong was often compared to US President Donald Trump at campaign-style rallies.

Pledge to strengthen the Japan-US alliance

Hong promised If he becomes president, strengthen the Japan-US alliance and put national interests first.

“Once I become president, I will regain our pride and lay the foundation for a leap forward as a G7 developed country. And under the principle of” Korea First, “Korea and the United States, South Korea and China, South Korea To normalize broken diplomatic relations like Japan, “Hong pledged.

“I will hold a summit with US President Joe Biden to establish a bilateral or multilateral (US, South Korea, Japan, Australia) NATO-style nuclear weapons sharing system, including tactical nuclear transfer.”

When asked how he plans to coordinate the redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons with the United States, he replied: “In May 2017, I met with members of the US Government and their opponents to discuss the need for a NATO-style nuclear sharing program. We reached an agreement and shared a consensus on this point.”

“How will the” Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) “protect when diplomacy fails to resolve North Korea’s nuclear threat? [South Korean citizens]?? Hong asked. “Judging from the provisions of Article 10 of the NPT, it is possible to withdraw from the NPT for self-defense.”

Strict attitude towards relations between South Korea and China

Regarding relations between South Korea and China, Hong has promised to abolish the “three No” commitments. [the CCP] Because it limits [South Korea‚Äôs] Security and sovereignty, a serious breach of security cooperation between South Korea, the United States and Japan. “

Moon Jae-in Government to appease China in 2017 Overview Three Principles of Security Known as “Three Nos”: No additional deployment of the US missile system known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). There is no participation in the US-led regional missile defense system. And it will not turn the trilateral security alliance between the United States and Japan into a military alliance.

THAAD is a US-designed and manufactured missile defense system installed in South Korea between 2016 and 2017 to protect itself from the threat of North Korean nuclear missiles. However, the Chinese Communist Party has claimed that the deployment of THAAD will affect China’s security and has since adopted a series of countermeasures against South Korea.

After South Korea deployed THAAD in 2017, Mr. Hong told former Korean special representative of the Korean Peninsula issue, Wu Dawei, whether the Chinese Communist Party could eliminate the nuclear threat of North Korea or play a role of leverage. He said he was asked if he could. Mr. Wu replied, “It is impossible because North Korea is a sovereign state.”

“How can [the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)] Point to South Korea’s defense policy, which cannot eliminate or control North Korea’s nuclear weapons? “Hong said. “This is contrary to common sense.”

Mr. Hong said, “We will hold a summit meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to correct the abnormal relationship created by the Moon Jae-in administration.” Recover and do. ” Diplomacy centered on national interests. “

In addition, Hong intends to restore communication and dialogue with China to resolve unaddressed environmental, economic and exchange issues such as air pollution from China and nuclear power plant issues on the east coast of China. Suggested. Before.

Regarding Japan-South Korea relations, Hong Kong has promised to maintain the “Comprehensive Military Information Agreement” with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and promote the “Joint Declaration on Future Cooperation and Comprehensive Partnership between Japan and South Korea.”

The latest polls show that there is a big difference in popularity from the beginning among the presidential candidates of the People Power Party. Recently, the support of Hong has increased significantly.according to Latest polling Hong is tied with Yun Suk-yul, another Conservative candidate in the party, announced by the Korea Institute of Social Opinion (KSOI) on October 25, at 26.9%. Yun is a former South Korean prosecutor-general who previously led polls.

Jinbaek Lee and Khasub Lee contributed to this report.

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