STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

India–South Korea Relations and the Emerging Regional Architecture

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  • July 2014
    Volume: 
    38
    Issue: 
    4
    Commentaries

    South Korean president Park Geun-hye visited India in January 2014 after India and South Korea marked 40 years of diplomatic relations the previous year.1 These developments symbolise a burgeoning relationship between two of Asia’s leading economies and democracies. However, they have added significance as Asia undergoes a shift in the strategic balance of power. This has been prompted by the US rebalance or strategic pivot towards Asia, the rise of China and its proclivity to adopt a more assertive position on regional issues, and the emergence of the ‘Indo-Pacific’ as a new geopolitical frame of reference. In this context, rising Asian powers such as India and South Korea hold an increasingly significant place in meeting the region’s development and security objectives.

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