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South Korea's Conservatives Aren't Any Tougher on China or North Korea Than Liberals

Added 05-24-22 02:34:02pm EST - “The new Yoon administration will stick to the same line Seoul always follows.” - Foreignpolicy.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “South Korea’s Conservatives Aren’t Any Tougher on China or North Korea Than Liberals”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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The switch in South Korean leadership from the liberal Moon Jae-in to the conservative Yoon Suk-yeol has prompted many international observers to predict significant changes in Seoul’s foreign policy. These analysts, who painted the Moon administration as soft on North Korea and China, predicted that Yoon will take a tougher stance against South Korea’s two communist neighbors.

Don’t hold your breath. Of course, the Yoon administration will make some changes. But historically, South Korea’s foreign policy has largely maintained the same framework, regardless of the party that occupied the presidency, and an overtly adversarial posture against North Korea and China is simply not in the cards. To the extent there will be changes under the Yoon administration, they will be on the margins rather than at the foundation, and they’ll be driven by Yoon’s personality as much as his political ideology.


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