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S. Korea to boost regional ties in changing diplomatic environment Updated: 2021-01-22 04:31:25 KST

South Korea will work to strengthen its ties with countries in the Indo-Pacific region as it seeks make the most of potential changes in the diplomatic environment with a new U.S. administration.
President Moon Jae-in chaired a meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday, soon after the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden, to discuss Seoul's diplomatic agenda going forward.

The Indo-Pacific region, including the Korean Peninsula, is entering a period of rapid transition. It is time to strengthen the Seoul-Washington alliance and further develop cooperative ties with neighboring countries to turn this transition period a time for us.

On China Moon expressed hope of further developing their relationship as 2022 marks 30 years since Seoul and Beijing established diplomatic ties.
Since last year, the two countries have also been discussing a trip to South Korea by Chinese President Xi Jinping which has yet to happen because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As for Japan Moon said that the two neighboring countries need to develop their relations in a constructive and future-oriented direction, and not dwell in the past.
He expressed hope that the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled for later this year, will be be an opportunity to improve bilateral ties and advance efforts to promote peace in Northeast Asia.
Seoul will take a two-track approach to try and resolve their long-standing historical dispute while at the same time pursuing cooperation.

Moon also vowed to boost the strategic cooperative partnership with Russia.
South Korea is seeking to strengthen high-level exchanges with Moscow this year, including a visit to Seoul by Russian President Vladimir Putin and to promote active economic cooperation in various sectors, including energy and railways.

He also called for more engagement with the members of ASEAN and to make efforts to deal with global issues such as climate change,. especially as Seoul will be hosting the P4G summit this year.

As a confident middle power, we will expand our role as a bridging nation to bring about co-prosperity and inclusiveness between advanced nations and developing countries.

With North Korea, South Korea will make efforts to resume dialogue.
The defense ministry will be seeking to hold inter-Korean military talks on a regular basis, while the unification ministry will try to promote cooperation in quarantine and healthcare.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
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