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Jakarta Post

Insight: Realizing partnership for peace, prosperity for people

  • Moon Jae-in

    President of the Republic of Korea

Seoul   /   Mon, November 18 2019   /  12:30 am

The 2019 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit and the first Mekong-Republic of Korea Summit will be held from Nov. 25 to 27 in Busan. In particular, since my hometown will play host to the events, I am very much looking forward to them. The Republic of Korea was ASEAN’s first dialogue partner to establish an ASEAN Culture House. Koreans love ASEAN so much that the National ASEAN Recreation Forest was created complete with cabins modeled after the various traditional housing styles of the 10 ASEAN member states. The people of ASEAN live in harmony with a diversity of ethnicities, religions and cultures knitted into their everyday lives. The Korean people feel very close to ASEAN, because the two bear a resemblance to each other in prizing decorum and a sense of community.ASEAN is special to Koreans because the region ensures equal participation and opportunities through the “A...