Seoul wary of ‘Pelosi effect’ on ties with Beijing

Seoul wary of ‘Pelosi effect’ on ties with Beijing

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, right, and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waving as they pose for photos during their meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday. EPA-Yonhap

No meetings planned between No. 3 US politician and South Korean president, foreign minister

By Kang Seung-woo

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to South Korea is likely to further confuse South Korea in its handling of relations with China.

The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the third-highest official in the U.S. government, announced on Wednesday for a two-day trip following his visit to Taiwan. Arrived here.

Her first visit to South Korea since 2015 comes as the US seeks more coordination among allies and partners to counter China, with Seoul joining planned Chip 4 or Fab 4. Allied with Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. But Beijing is also pressuring and persuading South Korea to turn its back on its biggest trading partner, Beijing. The Chip Alliance is clearly a platform aimed at countering China’s growing influence in global supply chains.

In addition, China has urged South Korea to maintain its commitment to the previous government’s “three no” policy regarding the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). No integration of South Korea into the US-led regional missile defense system and a tripartite alliance with the US and Japan.

“China is threatening military action as the US-China confrontation deepens, and its alliance with the United States could trigger a similar US response that ultimately affects South Korea,” said Azu. U.S.-China Policy Institute.

“Pelosi’s visit to Taipei could cause the Chinese government to retaliate against Taiwan. It won’t necessarily be a good thing for us. Park Won-gon, a professor of North Korean studies at Ewha Womans University, also said Pelosi’s visit would leave South Korea less diplomatic room in its relations with China. said it was possible.

“The US and China cannot withdraw from each other because the rivalry is entwined with the internal affairs of each country,” he said.

“In this regard, as the struggle for supremacy between the two great powers continues to intensify, potential Chinese reactions could become more violent and inflammatory if South Korea decides to join Chip 4. there is,” he said.

Park said Pelosi’s comments, published in The Washington Post on Tuesday (local time), summarized what her plans are while in South Korea. China’s competition is a choice between tyranny and democracy, and as an extension of the article, he said he looked forward to discussing the issue here and hoped that we would choose the US side.

“Furthermore, while we challenge North Korea’s human rights violations, we are likely to challenge China as well, and we need to address these issues smoothly,” he said.

Traditionally, when US government officials come here, they meet with the President, Secretary of State, or other dignitaries. This time, however, National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo will be the only high-ranking official on the South Korean side. This contrasts with her previous visit seven years ago, when Pelosi met former President Park Geun-hye and Foreign Minister Yoon. Pyeongse and former Speaker of the National Assembly Chung Wi-hwa met.
President Yoon Suk-yeol is currently on vacation and Foreign Minister Park Jin left for Cambodia on Wednesday to attend the ASEAN Regional Forum.

A resident watches news about the expected visit of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday. EPA-Yonhap

However, diplomatic experts believe that the lack of talks with the president and the foreign minister during Pelosi’s visit was due to the South Korean government’s cautious stance of not provoking China.

“Pelosi is the third-largest politician in the United States, and if it had happened in the past, the president or secretary of state would have tried to talk to her, but this time the administration decided not to overly politicize it.
Park also said, “When she visits the State Department, they will inevitably talk about diplomatic issues, including those related to Taiwan and China and their ministries.”

The State Department may not have made the effort to arrange a meeting with Pelosi,” he said. We will continue regional peace and stability through dialogue and cooperation under the banner of necessity that we should maintain close contact with the countries concerned on any issue.

Kim said she believes the South Korean government should not interfere too much in the US-China conflict during Pelosi’s visit, but the South Korean government has overshadowed the Yoon administration’s promise to strengthen its alliance with Washington. suggested that it should be considered.

“Frankly, their visit was for their own political interests, so I don’t think the South Korean government needs to expand its meaning to national interests.

Credit/Source : KOREATIMES


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