Speaking to The Korea Times, Joshua Fitt, an associate fellow at the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), said the Quad is not likely to "formally expand" in the near term. However, he highlighted that a new phase of the Quad will also mean potential opportunities for informal partnerships and consultations on certain Quad initiatives with countries such as South Korea.
"South Korea already consults bilaterally with Quad countries on several of the grouping's priorities, and President Yoon himself mentioned his interest in the climate change and critical and emerging technology working groups on the campaign trail. When the time is right, South Korea's closer integration with some of the Quad's working groups will yield immense benefits to all parties," Fitt said in a recent interview.
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