Wednesday, April 06, 2005

South Korea calls for increased military cooperation with China

South Korea is planning to bolster its military cooperation with China, local media on Tuesday quoted the South Korean defense minister as saying, signaling a key shift in alliances in northeast Asia. Although China is the last major ally of the South's rival, North Korea, President Roh Moo-hyun has in recent weeks stressed that his country should help balance the region _ implying a shift from Seoul's traditional alliance with the United States and Japan toward a neutral position among regional powers, which include China and Russia. "We plan to strengthen military cooperation between the two countries, including developing South Korea-China military exchanges to a level that of South Korea-Japan," Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-ung was quoted as saying Monday by various media outlets. Yoon, who visited China last week, also said Seoul and Beijing should open working-level talks twice a year and defense minister meetings every two years, local media reported.


At April 07, 2005 6:10 AM, Blogger Kifaya said...

ha! no better way keeping an eye on your "enemy" than to call for "friendly" regional military cooperation between countries. the US has been doing that w/ the french for 50+ years.


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