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China's influence on S. Korea

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By Bernard Rowan

It's hardly an easy matter. South Korea's position as a middle power between China and the United States I mean. It's not easy to navigate a nation and society between two powerful rivals. I want to talk about the influence of China on South Korea in the present context. It's a presence that poses challenges and opportunities.

China and South Korea are rising powers. While China's power potential dwarfs every nation's, with the exception of India, South Korea also has an outlook that envisages a different and better world than the present. There are serious challenges facing the restructuring of South Korea's economy away from powerful chaebol and the serious demographic challenges of an aging population with fewer births. There are greater challenges for China. Nonetheless, South Korea rises, as does China.

South Korea needs positive and prosperous relations with China. She should cooperate in the Belt and Road initiative, work together for the future of the disastrous state and society of North Korea, and create trade relations and commerce to benefit both peoples, the region and the world. All strike me as core national interests for both countries. South Korea needs China........

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