U.S. “Korea, an important NATO partner… “Joint response to China’s challenge”

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In relation to President Yun Seok-yeol’s attendance at the NATO summit to be held on the 29th and 30th of the 29th and 30th, the administration of the United States Joe Biden stressed that “Korea is an important partner of NATO,” and that we must respond to common challenges such as China. . The Biden administration also announced at the G7 summit on the 26th and 28th that it would introduce a new infrastructure initiative in response to the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s economic and territorial expansion project.

State Department spokeswoman Ned Price said on the 22nd (local time) about South Korea’s participation in the NATO summit, “Even if NATO is a defense alliance that defends the interests of allies in other regions of the world, there are challenges we (with South Korea) face jointly.” “Whether it’s China’s challenge or all cyber and emerging technology challenges, in conclusion, what we are trying to protect in Korea and the Indo-Pacific is exactly what NATO is trying to protect in Europe,” he said. “This is an order based on norms.” This means that the Indo-Pacific allies, such as South Korea and Japan, will discuss joint responses to China and Russia at the NATO summit to adopt a new strategic concept that defines China as a challenge.

“The Secretary of State (Tony Blincoln) is looking forward to consulting with Indo-Pacific partners in the next few days,” Price said. It hinted at the possibility of a South Korea-US or South Korea-US-Japan foreign ministers meeting at the NATO summit, where the Korea-US-Japan summit is being promoted.

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A senior Biden administration official also said at a briefing today that China’s economic practices and Russian sanctions will be mainly discussed at the G7 and NATO summits. “The new strategic concept will address the threats from Russia and China,” the official said. In particular, this official said, “The G7 leaders will come up with a new world concept based on freedom and openness rather than coercion, aggression and hegemony.”



Washington = Byung-ki Moon, Correspondent weappon@donga.com

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