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Korea’s New Southern Policy: Walk to the border, sail to the island

  • Lim Sungnam

    Ambassador of South Korea to ASEAN

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 15 2019   /  01:40 am

Two years ago, South Korean President Moon Jae-in unveiled the New Southern Policy here in Jakarta on the occasion of his state visit to Indonesia. The policy aims to elevate the relationship with ASEAN in every aspect to unprecedentedly higher levels. Since then, the steps of the Republic of Korea’s government, spearheaded by President Moon, remind me of the Indonesian proverb, Berjalan sampai ke batas, berlayar sampai ke pulau (Walk to the border, sail to the island). In other words, Korea has made every effort to realize the New Southern Policy uninterruptedly and will continue to do so in the years to come. Diplomatically, President Moon has kept his promise that he would visit all ASEAN member states during his tenure by visiting Indonesia and the Philippines in November 2017, Vietnam in March 2018, Singapore in July 2018, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Cambodia in March 2019 and...