AI-05 (Dec. 2018) — South Korea’s “New Southern Policy”: Economic Diversification with Strategic and Social Dimensions

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South Korea’s “New Southern Policy”: Economic Diversification with Strategic and Social Dimensions

Leif-Eric Easley (Associate Professor, International Studies, Ewha Womans University, Korea)

President Moon Jae-in declared the Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea)’s “New Southern Policy” (신남방정책) at the Indonesia-Korea Business Forum in Jakarta in November 2017:

“The Korean government will strongly push forward its New Southern Policy to dramatically improve cooperative ties with ASEAN…[achieving] a community for the people that connects people to people and minds to minds; a community of peace that can contribute to peace across Asia; and, lastly, a community of co-existence and co-prosperity where ASEAN countries thrive together with reciprocal economic cooperation.”

The policy’s significance is demonstrated by the attention the Moon administration has shown to strengthening ties with Indo-Pacific neighbors. According to the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the “New Southern Policy”aims to reinforce relations across economic, strategic and social dimensions. At the 19th Korea-ASEAN Summit, Moon announced that one of South Korea’s core diplomatic policies will be to deepen cooperation with Southeast Asia and India. Even at a joint press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump, Moon emphasized that South Korea aims for a more “balanced diplomacy,” not by downgrading relations with major powers, but by upgrading relations with Indo-Pacific regional partners….(for fulltext, please download AI-05)

Dr. Leif-Eric Easley is Associate Professor of International Studies at Ewha Womans University, Korea. He can be reached via: leifeasley [at] gmail.com

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AI-04 (Dec. 2018) — China-India Plus in Afghanistan and Beyond: How Far Can It Go?

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China-India Plus in Afghanistan and Beyond: How Far Can It Go?

Roger Liu (Chair, the Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies (CSSAS); Associate Professor, Political Science, FLAME University, India)

Saumya Sampath (Research Associate, Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) Nuffield–FLAME University, India)

The bilateral relationship between China and India begins to warm up after
the Modi-Xi informal meeting in Wuhan, Hubei Province in April 2018. Other
than a series of official meetings, China also launched the “China India Plus
(CI+).” As a pilot project aiming at possible co-management of regional affairs
such as the Afghanistan situation, the Rohingya issue as well as the Iran nuclear
issue, the CI+ reflects the Chinese ambition to extrapolate the model to countries
such as Nepal and Sri Lanka in areas such as infrastructure, economics and even
security. Beginning with a joint training program for Afghan diplomats in New
Delhi and Beijing, China and India are also planning to work on a joint economic
project in Afghanistan….(for fulltext, please download AI-04)

Dr.Roger C.F. Liu is Chair of the Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies (CSSAS)and Associate Professor of Political Science, FLAME University, India. He can be reached via: roger.cf.liu [at] gmail.com
Saumya Sampath is Research Associate at Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) Nuffield–FLAME University, India. She ca be reached via:
saumya.sampath [at] flame.edu.in