World Ch. Schedule : TUE 07:30 KST
* Date : 2019-11-25
The Diplomat focuses on the 2019 Korea-ASEAN commemorative summit’s main agendas and its impact on the international community with experts from home and abroad. Indonesian Ambassador to Korea Umar Hadi began his term with the Moon Administration in 2017. He has expressed great anticipation for the summit saying he hopes Korea and ASEAN members can share their goals and ideas through the summit, and plan for and develop the next 30 years of their relationship together.
Dr. Shawn Ho of the Singaporean think thank RSIS chose President Moon’s New Southern Policy as a driving force for Korea and ASEAN’s relationship saying, "since the policy was implemented in 2017, President Moon has shown effort to improve Korea-ASEAN relations, visiting all 10 members in 2 years despite other issues such as inter-Korean relations, which has moved ASEAN members."
Experts also focused on other main agendas such as FTA network expansion, cooperation in military and the defense industry, peace economy on the Korean Peninsula. Professor Cuz Potter of Korea University’s Graduate School of International Studies said, "Korea is a model of successful economic development to ASEAN members," adding that once the FTAs with the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia are signed, "they could break down trade barriers in the region."
ISEAS researcher Termsak Chalermpalanupap remarked on military and defense industry cooperation which was chosen as an agenda for the first time that, "it is important for both sides not to have war. They want China and the U.S. to co-exist peacefully and not create a new Cold War in the Asia Pacific region." Harris Zainul, a researcher at the Malaysian think tank ISIS, explained why ASEAN is interested in the Korean Peninsula Peace Economy saying, "ASEAN is the only regional cooperation to intervene in North Korea when the Six-Party Talks collapsed. Once North Korea is denuclearized and sanctions are lifted, it will be able to play a role in importing products from the Kaesong Industrial Complex etc."
In addition, there was much interest among experts in the 1st Korea-Mekong summit which was elevated from a ministerial meeting. Robert D. Banks, a professor at USC said, "the U.S., Japan and many countries are interested in the Mekong River region and are investing actively in the region," while "Malcomn Cook, a senior researcher at ISEAS said ASEAN has been interested in "looking for partners to decrease the development gap between the Mekong River countries and remaining 5 members of ASEAN."