US President Donald Trump with South Korean President Moon Jae-in a joint press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on June 30. Photo: AP
US President Donald Trump with South Korean President Moon Jae-in a joint press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on June 30. Photo: AP

South Korea’s US-China dilemma deepens with support for America’s Indo-Pacific strategy

  • Seoul’s involvement in Indo-Pacific policy is expected to increase the US’ capacity for operations in the contentious South China Sea
  • South Korea is caught in the quandary of trying to placate both its security ally, the US, and top trading partner, China

US President Donald Trump with South Korean President Moon Jae-in a joint press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on June 30. Photo: AP
US President Donald Trump with South Korean President Moon Jae-in a joint press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on June 30. Photo: AP
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