U.S. invited S. Korea, Australia, India to G7 to check China's rise: Experts
Updated: 2020-06-03 06:26:47 KST
South Korea joining the Group-of-Seven meeting is a timely opportunity for Seoul to expand its influence on the global stage based on the positive assessments of the way it's contained COVID-19.
But taking part in the G7 also puts South Korea in a tough spot because, as many experts say, the main reason why the U.S. is inviting South Korea, Australia and India is ultimately to check China's rise and form an anti-China bloc.
"As President Trump mentioned explicitly that the expanded G7 is going to discuss the future of China, it's going to be political pressure on the South Korean government to join the new expanded G7."
Pundits agree that it's highly likely that China-related issues will be on the table namely, Beijing's recent passing of a new national security law on Hong Kong and the use of products made by Huawei.
For Seoul, the U.S. is a long-time ally, but China is its largest export market and Chinese President Xi Jinping is slated to visit South Korea sometime this year.
And that's why, though the invitation to the G7 is welcomed, experts recommend that Seoul be strategic.
"Countries like Germany, France and India will be making their voices heard, and South Korea can do the same. We could talk about globalization from our point of view. We can agree with other countries that China should abide by the international economic order, but we can express a different opinion on excluding China for no reason."
The U.S. chairs the G7 this year, and President Trump invited President Moon to the meeting when they spoke on the phone on Monday.
The G7 has been delayed until at least September, but the specific dates have not been confirmed.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.