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How to prepare for the Korea-US summit?

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13.04.2021
By Ahn Ho-young

The Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. jointly hosted a webinar on April 1 on a topic we will have to face in not too distant future: "How Korea and the Korean business community must prepare for the Korea-U.S. Summit." As I sat through the seminar as a panelist, many thoughts crossed my mind. I wish to share some of them.

First, good preparation must start with a good study of President Biden and his team. What impresses me most about the team is the consistency of its focus on both domestic and foreign issues. On domestic issues, Biden has been consistently focused on the pandemic, jobs, climate change and racial harmony, often declaring that the government can make changes to all these issues and lead the U.S. through his "Build Back Better" agenda.

Biden has been equally consistent on foreign policy, declaring the return of the U.S. to the global leadership role, emphasizing the importance of allies and building coalitions with fellow democracies. Such consistency of focus is garnering much praise from Washington commentators: George Will's "Trumanesque foreign policy", and E.J. Dionne's "paradigm shifter," among them. More importantly, it offers a stable basis for further strengthening the Korea-U.S. alliance.........

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