Perspectives on South Korea's New Southern Policy


Perspectives on South Korea's New Southern Policy

Asia Pacific Bulletin


Washington, DC: East-West Center

Available From: July 16, 2020
Publication Date: July 16, 2020


A special series of Asia Pacific Bulletins on US-ROK Coordination on ASEAN Resilience, Adapting Supply Chains, and Improving Mekong Resiliency.

Yoon Ah Oh, Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Seoul National University, explains that “Despite high levels of economic ties and people‐to‐people exchanges, Korea’s relations with Southeast Asia and India receive disproportionately less recognition, both within Korea’s foreign policy hierarchy and in the public’s view.“ 
Jaehyon Lee, Senior Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, explains that “The NSP is now entering into a new phase. Presently, the biggest challenge to NSP is its regional scope and approach. First, as its visibility grows, other regional initiatives increasingly show interest in the NSP.”
Seonjou Kang, Professor at Korea National Diplomatic Academy, explains that “The very fact that President Moon completed visits to all ASEAN nations within the first two years in office attests to the importance that Korea places on the NSP.” 
Sungil Kwak, Director General of New Southern Policy Department, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, explains that “The goal of ‘prosperity’ includes reaching $200 billion of trade with ASEAN by 2020.”

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