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Finding Seoul in the Indo-Pacific

  • Published
    8th Sep, 2023


The recent trilateral meeting by South Korea-Japan-U.S. at Camp David gives New Delhi and Seoul a unique opportunity to enhance their strategic partnership.

New Beginnings in India-South Korea Relations

  • Significance of the Camp David Summit: The Camp David Summit in August marked a turning point in relations between the U.S., Japan, and South Korea.
  • ROK's New Indo-Pacific Strategy: South Korea's shift towards a new strategic approach in the Indo-Pacific, aligning with American views on China, is notable.
  • President Yoon Suk Yeol's Vision for South Korea: President Yoon Suk Yeol aims to position South Korea as a "global pivotal state," demonstrating renewed foreign policy vigor.

Republic of Korea (ROK)-India Partnership in Indo-Pacific

  • South Korea & India in the Indo-Pacific: South Korea's proximity to China and its U.S. alliance makes it a valuable partner for India in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Common Concerns & Apprehensions about China: Both nations share concerns over China's unilateral actions in reshaping Asian security dynamics.
  • Evolving Dynamics: The ROK's role becomes pivotal with India's growing closeness to the U.S. and deepened apprehensions about China.

Focusing Areas of Collaboration

  • Enhancing Political and Diplomatic Relations: Political and diplomatic ties could be strengthened through annual summits, 2+2 dialogues, and reciprocal visits by leaders.
  • iCET and Multilateral Cooperation: Exploring initiatives like the South Korea-Japan-India-U.S. initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) is a promising avenue.
  • Strengthening Defense and Technological Collaboration: Defense collaboration, especially under India's 'Make in India' program, and potential collaboration on Korean-built nuclear reactors hold substantial potential.
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