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For South Korea’s New President, Challenges Mount at Home and Abroad
May 25, 2022

For South Korea’s New President, Challenges Mount at Home and Abroad

By Michael Mitsanas
North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. The China challenge. Social divisions at home. Just two weeks into office, Yoon Suk-yeol has a full plate.

Wary of Policy Shift, China Reaches out to South Korea’s New President
May 10, 2022

Wary of Policy Shift, China Reaches out to South Korea’s New President

By Shannon Tiezzi
Beijing is showing its sunny side, in hopes of convincing Yoon Suk-yeol that cooperation is a better choice than the hard line he embraced on the campaign trail.
‘Empathy Diplomacy’: A New Key to Unlocking East Asia’s Geopolitical Quagmire?
April 27, 2022

‘Empathy Diplomacy’: A New Key to Unlocking East Asia’s Geopolitical Quagmire?

By Jin Kai
The long-term solution to tensions in East Asia is for the neighboring countries to start taking each other’s security concerns more seriously.

With Yoon’s Election, It’s Time for China to Rethink Its Korea Policy
March 14, 2022

With Yoon’s Election, It’s Time for China to Rethink Its Korea Policy

By Brian Wong and Wang Yingliang
The victory of the more hawkish, China-skeptical candidate means China must rethink its approach to the Korean Peninsula.

How China-US Competition Factors Into Moon’s Final Inter-Korea Push
October 29, 2021

How China-US Competition Factors Into Moon’s Final Inter-Korea Push

By Sukjoon Yoon
Major interconnected shifts are underway on the Korean Peninsula, from a looming end-of-war declaration to South Korea’s involvement in the U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy.

China’s Foreign Minister Holds Talks in South Korea
September 15, 2021

China’s Foreign Minister Holds Talks in South Korea

By Shannon Tiezzi
Seoul wants to secure Beijing's cooperation on North Korea, but Wang Yi's top priority is ensuring South Korea does not join the U.S. coalition against China.

The Quest for Strategic Balance and South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Conundrum
August 13, 2021

The Quest for Strategic Balance and South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Conundrum

By Wongi Choe
Seoul is walking a fine line, carefully calibrating its cooperation with U.S. initiatives in the Indo-Pacific.
What the Next South Korean President Can Learn From Moon’s Diplomatic Challenge
July 07, 2021

What the Next South Korean President Can Learn From Moon’s Diplomatic Challenge

By Jong Eun Lee
Every president will face the exact same difficulty: To advance North Korea policy, Seoul needs to have all the main players on its side.

South Korea Talks With China, Japan, and US in Flurry of Diplomacy
April 05, 2021

South Korea Talks With China, Japan, and US in Flurry of Diplomacy

By Mitch Shin
South Korea’s foreign minister traveled to China while the country’s national security chief attended a meeting with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts in Washington.

The Politics of South Korea’s ‘China Threat’
April 05, 2021

The Politics of South Korea’s ‘China Threat’

By Dongwoo Kim
Amid growing anti-Chinese sentiment in South Korea, there is a mismatch between the popular will and Seoul’s foreign policy.

A Korean Poet Is the Latest Example of China’s ‘Cultural Imperialism’
February 26, 2021

A Korean Poet Is the Latest Example of China’s ‘Cultural Imperialism’

By Choi Seong Hyeon
Baidu’s introduction of a popular Korean poet as “Chinese” adds more fuel to the theory that China is trying to “steal” Korean cultural icons.
Duyeon Kim on South Korea’s Foreign Policy Priorities
February 02, 2021

Duyeon Kim on South Korea’s Foreign Policy Priorities

By Shannon Tiezzi
How the Moon administration is seeking to navigate its most pressing challenges, from North Korea to the U.S.-China cold war.

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