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Two-thirds of S. Koreans support economic cooperation with Eurasian bloc: poll

All News 16:15 December 06, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Yonhap) -- Two-thirds of South Koreans support expanded economic cooperation with the Eurasian nations, showing keen interest in the energy, transportation and logistics sectors, a survey showed Wednesday.

President Moon Jae-in has proposed a "New Northern Policy" that aims to forge greater economic ties with the Eurasian bloc, which includes Russia and Central Asian nations, to foster new growth drivers and ease geopolitical tension in the Northeast Asian region.

According to the Seoul-based Hankook Research on 1,000 adults from Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 67.6 percent wanted expanded cooperation with the Eurasian nations.

More than 60 percent of respondents said improved ties with the nations would help diversify South Korea's economic relations and ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula as some of the cross-border energy and transportation projects would need the involvement of North Korea.

Nearly 40 percent of the surveyed said the government should focus on the energy sector, while 25 percent showed interest in transportation and logistics projects.

The initiative aims to develop a power grid and railway system to connect Russia's infrastructure and the development of Arctic shipping routes.


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