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Tue Sep 1, 2020, 02:16 PM

US ramping up pressure on Korea amid rivalry with China

By Do Je-hae, Korea Times Sep 1

South Korea is facing increasing pressure to take a side in the escalating rivalry between the United States and China.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha underlined that the rising conflict among the two superpowers was the most daunting diplomatic challenge facing the country.

"The biggest concern among foreign policymakers is the heightened tension between the superpowers," Kang said during a forum at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Monday.

"The competition began with trade disputes but has now expanded to a wider range of issues, including the economy, technology, military, security, politics and public health sectors. This worsening situation in superpower relations has destabilized multilateral institutions that are essential to the global system."

South Korea isn't joining any multilateral alliance "aimed at China." Not this democratically elected administration anyway.


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