The US-China competition for global leadership has become more complex amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Given that cooperation with both the US and China are essential for peace on the Korean Peninsula, the Republic of Korea (ROK) aims to rely on two types of security strategies to cope with the current dilemma. First, the ROK seeks to alleviate regional tensions caused by the US-China competition. This involves strengthening bilateral and multilateral security cooperation with like-minded partners, such as ASEAN and its member states. Second, the ROK aims to pursue collaboration in the spirit of ‘solidarity and cooperation’. This is especially relevant in the fight against non-traditional security threats such as climate change and pandemics, which require transnational cooperation.
Last updated on 27/12/2021