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S. Korea, U.S. seek to create working-level dialogue on regional policy coordination

All News 11:26 November 11, 2020

SEOUL, Nov. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States are seeking to establish a new working-level dialogue platform on deepening cooperation between Seoul's New Southern Policy and Washington's Indo-Pacific Strategy, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Seoul's policy seeks to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India, while Washington's Indo-Pacific Strategy is aimed at enhancing America's engagement with partner countries and protecting what it calls the rules-based order in the region.

On Tuesday, Park Jae-kyung, the ministry's director-general for ASEAN and Southeast Asian affairs, met with Marc Knapper, deputy U.S. assistant secretary of state for Korea and Japan, to discuss ways for "concrete, practical" cooperation between their regional policy initiatives, the ministry said in a press release.

"We are in talks (to create the dialogue platform)," a ministry official told Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity.

"It is designed to regularly exchange views on projects that are being carried out under the New Southern Policy and Indo-Pacific Strategy, and on their direction," the official added.

The talks between Park and Knapper came ahead of this week's series of summits involving the ASEAN member states, during which Seoul plans to unveil the New Southern Policy Plus, a more fleshed-out version of the original one.

Knapper arrived here last week to attend a local forum in Seoul.

Park Jae-kyung (R), the foreign ministry's director-general for ASEAN and Southeast Asian affairs, and Marc Knapper, deputy U.S. assistant secretary of state for Korea and Japan, pose for a photo before their talks at the ministry in Seoul on Nov. 10, 2020, in this photo provided by the foreign ministry. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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