March 17, 2021

Biden team's China focus puts South Korea on the spot ahead of talks

Featuring Duyeon Kim

Source: Reuters

Journalists Hyonhee Shin, Josh Smith

For the first time in years there are liberal presidents in South Korea and the United States, but the change in U.S. administrations hasn’t made it any easier for Seoul to balance its alliance with Washington and its economic reliance on China.

China has dominated the agenda of an Asia tour by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who arrive in South Korea on Wednesday for talks, casting its shadow even over core issues like the North Korea nuclear threat and strengthening the alliance.

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Authors

  • Duyeon Kim

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Duyeon Kim, PhD, is an adjunct senior fellow with the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. Her expertise includes the two Koreas, nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, Eas...