Strengthening S. Korea-US-Japan alliance to undermine regional peace, says expert
Protesters hold placards outside the South Korean presidential office in Seoul's central district of Yongsan, South Korea, May 21, 2022. "The United States calls it (the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework) an economic framework that is inclusive and flexible. SEOUL, May 26 (Xinhua) -- A strengthened alliance between South Korea, the United States and Japan will undermine peace and stability in Northeast Asia and usher in a new Cold War, a South Korean expert has said. The expert noted that it isn't in South Korea's national interest to antagonize China, given the importance the latter holds for its economic security.
"With the end of the ideological era and the advent of the global society, no enemy country exists anymore in the international community," said Woo. However, some countries continue to antagonize China in order to create opportunities for conflict and confrontation, Woo noted. "China is not an enemy but a friendly country of (South) Korea. Regarding the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which Seoul decided to join, Woo said it is an "undesirable" framework escalating confrontation and tensions given its exclusive nature.
"The United States calls it an economic framework that is inclusive and flexible. Woo noted that South Korea should persuade the United States that the framework is "unrealistic" if it excludes the economic powerhouse in the region from the onset. The expert recommended South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who was sworn in on May 10, take a more harmonious approach to foreign policy as a "global pivotal state. He advised the Yoon government to hire more diverse staff on foreign affairs and security by recruiting experts on China, Japan, Russia and the United States.
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