S.Korea’s incoming pres. : conservative st

South Korea’s incoming president Yoon Suk-yeol is expected to revive a conservative stance on foreign policy, and that could change the country’s relations with the U.S. and China, analysts said.

Yoon has signaled he would pursue closer relations with the United States. But a cozier relationship with the U.S. could affect Seoul’s relations with China, South Korea’s largest export market, said Tom Rafferty, Asia regional director at The Economist Intelligence Unit.

The incoming president could try to take a tougher line on China, but Yoon would soften when faced with the economic consequences, said Karl Friedhoff, fellow in public opinion and Asia policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.


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