[한미정상회담 D-2] Presidential Office “IPEF is not exclusion from China… China is overreacting” (comprehensive)

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In response to the opposition from China, “the former government, dignified diplomacy”… Korea-U.S. Technology Alliance, Emphasis on Democratic Value Alliance

President’s Office

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Jeong A-ran = The President’s Office on the 19th said, “It is overreacting to create a platform for cooperation, but it is to create a platform for cooperation, when there are protests or concerns in China about the possibility of Korea participating in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). Isn’t it?” he pointed out.

IPEF, which was launched on the occasion of US President Joe Biden’s trip to Korea and Japan, is a regional cooperative body to jointly respond to new trade issues such as supply chain, digital, and clean energy, unlike trade agreements that aim to open markets for goods and services. .

At a briefing at the Yongsan government building on the same day, an official from the presidential office asked, “Are you discussing with the United States a response plan in the event of a second THAAD incident (leading to China’s retaliation)?” “There are also Singapore and Malaysia (in the countries expected to participate in the IPEF), but do you think it is fair to say that Korea is right?”

“The public diplomacy of the Yun Seok-Yeol administration is mutual respect and dignified diplomacy,” he said.

The official said, “It is the White House that led the IPEF, and I know that Jake Sullivan, National Security Adviser of the White House, should make it clear to Foreign Minister Wang Yi that it is not going to ‘decoupling’ (like China’s concern) and probably (talked about).” said.

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He said, “Despite the strategic competition between the US and China since the Trump administration, trade between the US and China has been increasing,” he said.

It is argued that even if Korea participates in the IPEF, economic and trade cooperation between Korea and China will be further expanded.

The official said, “The IPEF is positive in that the global supply chain is connected, and we are missing some areas in the high-tech sector, such as technology leakage, intellectual property rights issues, and digital norms in the new commerce sector, and we need to fill them with international norms,” ​​said the official. I don’t mean to rule it out.”

Regarding the digital norms that China is sensitive to, he said, “Many countries except for China, which have hit the firewall, will cooperate (in digital data), and we must ride this trend in order to be competitive as a digital hegemon.” He said, “China is a huge land. (In digital data flow) being an island,” he pointed out.

However, the presidential office showed that there are many cooperation channels with China and that bilateral supply chain cooperation is possible.

The official said, “The important thing for the follow-up negotiations for the Korea-China FTA is that the supply chain can be managed efficiently through the economic cooperation chapter.

He added, “We said that we should create a framework for a stable supply chain through Korea-China FTA cooperation, so we will prepare for it at the Trade Headquarters.”

Regarding ‘economic security’, which is one of the key agendas of the Korea-US summit, which is two days away, this official said, “Now, to properly manage the supply chain, we need a kind of alliance system.” “(Supply chain alliance) is a key part of economic security” said.

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In seeking cooperation at the level of a ‘supply chain alliance’ with the United States, it was emphasized that the United States is an object that shares the values ​​of liberal democracy and human rights.

He said, “An important part of future technology is artificial intelligence (AI), and the United States proposed AI technology for humans and led it,” he said. It is also important to conduct an alliance in terms of the use of it,” he said.

He said, “President Biden has been interested in this issue since he was vice president, and under former President Trump, it was temporarily suspended, but it is the axis of changing (developing) the so-called democratic alliance into a value alliance called a technology alliance,” he said.

It is important to seek cooperation with the United States, which focuses on technological innovation based on our common values ​​of liberal democracy and human rights, even with the same cutting-edge technology.

Regarding the explanation of Kim Tae-hyo, the first deputy director of the National Security Office, the day before that the ROK-U.S. relations would be broadened into a ‘technology alliance’, he said, “There are parts that require cooperation in high-tech, which is the fuel of the future. There is a part,” he explained.

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