Vincent Lee+ Your Authors @Rover829 Reuters China Breaking News Editor, sharing news by colleagues; opinions are mine, especially hate towards James Harden. Byline name: Se Young Lee. Jun. 02, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

South Korea is quite pleased with Trump's invitation to be a new member of a possible G11 or G12. YTN quotes the presidential office as saying such an inclusion inclusion would mean SK is officially recognized as one of the global leaders.

It's possible, however, the inclusion is part of the Trump administration's attempt to build a block of allies to check China. There have already been several signals from Washington suggesting how it considers Seoul to be a partner in the endeavor.

Seoul is in a challenging diplomatic position. Both the U.S. and China are key partners/counterparties on multiple fronts including North Korea and trade. It needs to manage both relationships carefully, but Seoul risks being boxed into a corner and forced to choose a side.

Of course, South Korea is also an important counterparty for both the United States and China. Both countries would prefer to see SK on their side. But both Washington and Beijing have much more leverage over Seoul than the other way around.

There probably IS some room for maneuvers that would minimize the blowback from whatever path South Korea ends up choosing. The question is whether the current Moon administration can a) properly chart that course and b) execute on the plan. There is little room for error.


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