Australia-Republic of Korea relationship
Our economic relationship is supported by the Korea Australia Free Trade It also takes part in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and is a. Australia-South Korea relations, although strong, have never quite reached . extent the other 'Six Party Talks' participants, Japan and Russia. Australia. Its mandate ranges across all the dimensions of relations between Australia and the Republic of Korea (ROK) given the recent changes The two countries are alliance partners of the United States while Japan.
Whether we can translate this steadily growing and intensifying set of relationships into any meaningful role for Australia in the forthcoming North Korea nuclear negotiations, remains to be seen. We did participate in the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan, and could again contribute to international monitoring and verification processes that will clearly need to be part of any denuclearization settlement — or steps on the way like an agreed freeze on weapons and delivery system development, and fissile material production.
I should say in relation to the forthcoming summitry that it is an enormous credit to President Moon Jae-in and his officials that things have come as far and as fast as they have, with the Olympics initiative followed by some very deft diplomacy in creating the conditions for President Trump to be able to agree — as impetuous, unexpected and uninformed by knowledge and advice as his agreement undoubtedly was — to meet with Kim Jong-un.
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While there is intense uncertainty and nervousness about how things will unfold in the weeks ahead, I have always believed, incorrigible optimist that I am, that a sustainable deal is doable with Pyongyang, as ugly and indifferent to normal ethical constraints as the regime undoubtedly is, and I am reinforced in that view after two days of discussions, including with senior officials close to the Blue House, in Seoul last month.
But the trouble is that whereas Reagan had around him grounded and competent people like George Shultz and James Baker to save him from himself, Trump now has Mike Pompeo — and, most alarmingly of all for anyone who has had any dealings at all with him, as I have — John Bolton, with Defence Secretary Mattis the only remaining adult anywhere near the room.
He is a relentlessly stubborn and destructive ideologue: So we are going to be on the edge of our seats for a good while yet. While Australia cannot expect to be more than a bit-player on all these North Korea issues, I am persuaded that there is a great deal we can and should be doing together with South Korea in the general area of middle power diplomacy.
Making this point will require me to say something first about what I mean by middle powers and middle power diplomacy. There is no standard list of current middle powers, or any commonly agreed list of objective measures — like population size, GDP, or military budgets — distinguishing middle powers from others. The characteristic motivation is belief in the utility, and necessity, of acting cooperatively with others in addressing international challenges, particularly those global or regional public goods problems which by their nature cannot be solved by any country acting alone, however big and powerful.
The contributions middle powers, so acting, can make to better international relations include: How effective middle powers can be in making a difference depends on a number of factors, including: Allies of great powers, like Australia, have to be perceived as having some real independence — not just acting as a cipher or stalking horse for a protector; and opportunity: While recognising the reality of limited opportunity, let me offer nonetheless three examples where the middle powers of this region — very much including Australia and South Korea — could, in my judgement, have a significant impact.
First, in setting the agenda for the East Asian Summit, which has all the ingredients to become the preeminent regional dialogue and policy-making body, containing as it now does all the major regional players including now the United States and Russiameeting at leader-level, and mandated to address both economic and political issues. Its eighteen members include a majority of middle powers — most of the ASEANs, Australia and South Korea and New Zealand could also be so described, because of its tradition of multilateral activism.
Second, in visibly pushing back against excessive Chinese assertiveness and overreach, including in the South China Sea.
While China manifestly does not want to provoke violent conflict anywhere, it is clearly intent on recreating as much of the historic, hegemonic, tributary relationship with its southern, and perhaps eastern, neighbours as it can get away with, and a united front of middle powers might be more effective in resisting this than relying on an increasingly erratic United States.
But I am much more attracted, in this context, to developing a such a united front grouping which would harness the collective middle-power energy and capacity of a number of regional states of real regional substance — in which, for example, India, Australia and Japan would be joined by South Korea, Indonesia and Vietnam. Third, some of us are in a position to influence the global nuclear weapons elimination debate, and should do more than we have.
There is a big job to be done in bridging the gap between those who, on the one hand, will settle only for the kind of absolutism embodied in the Nuclear Ban Treaty, and on the other hand, the nuclear armed states and those sheltering under their protection who want essentially no movement at all on disarmament.
Working for a meaningful and achievable half way house solution, with a credible — not incredible — road map towards ultimate elimination, is a task in which Australia and Korea can both be quintessentially important players. Raw economic and political power will always count for a lot in international affairs.
But it does not count for everything.
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Australian photographer George Rose travelled the length of the peninsula in and photographed the country and people. Today, his images of everyday Korean life, clothing and customs form a valuable part of Korea's documentary history. Approximately 17, Australian troops served under UN command and Australians died during the Korean War.
Australia and the ROK established full diplomatic relations in In JuneAustralia opened an Embassy in Seoul. Since then, strong economic, political and strategic connections have grown between Australia and the ROK. People-to-people links, supported by a large and growing Australian Korean community, are strong and growing, and the bilateral trade and investment relationship is complementary, longstanding and robust. Marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations, the governments of Australia and the ROK designated as a "Year of Friendship" and links were further enhanced in by Australia's participation in the World Expo in Yeosu on the ROK's south coast.
This Memorandum provides a framework for greater cooperation on development assistance. Both countries are working together to explore ways to develop practical collaboration, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific and strengthened development effectiveness. Security cooperation Australia and the ROK share key security interests in North Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, with peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula critical to the economic performance and security of both countries.
Both support a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and regard the continued commitment of the United States to the Indo-Pacific as critical to stability and prosperity in the region. Our security and defence ties are expanding: The ministers affirmed the strength of the relationship and commited to further enhancing bilateral cooperation across a range of areas. At this meeting, the ministers agreed a Defence and Security Blueprint that implements an agreed Vision Statement.
The Blueprint lists areas for practical security and defence cooperation between Australia and the ROK, including increased patterns of bilateral and joint exercises. Economic overview The ROK has made remarkable economic progress in the last half-century. When the Japanese occupation ended inKorea was impoverished and its economy largely based around agriculture.
Much of its infrastructure was destroyed during the Korean War, which also had an enormous human cost. Sustained high economic growth since the s, supported by significant US investment, has enabled the ROK's transformation into a highly industrialised and internationally competitive economy.
The ROK was one of the few OECD countries besides Australia to record growth and not enter into technical recession after the global financial crisis of Factors supporting this included the rapid devaluation of the Korean won, providing exporters with a significant buffer, and a series of government fiscal stimulus packages. The ROK economy continues to grow relatively strongly, mainly owing to export demand accounting for more than 50 per cent of GDPwith average annual growth of2.
Trade and investment Trade Australia's trade relationship with the ROK developed rapidly during the s, as the ROK pursued industrialisation requiring large amounts of raw materials.
The two countries have a complementary trade relationship, with Australia providing raw materials, manufactured products and food to the ROK, and importing products such as cars, telecommunications equipment and computers, as well as refined petroleum. The ROK is Australia's fourth-largest overall trading partner. As well as coal iron ore and aluminium, the ROK remains an important market for Australian beef, sugar, medicaments and wheat.
The primary imports from the ROK in were refined petroleum, passenger motor vehicles, and civil engineering equipment and parts.
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Investment commitments in the agreement protect and enhance investment in both directions. Their annual joint meeting allows members to exchange views and expand private sector links between the countries.
This investment is beginning to diversify into other areas such as tourism.
Korea is the 16th-largest destination for Australia's foreign investment abroad. Australian financial services providers in the ROK are active in areas such as funds management and infrastructure investment.
The state-owned Korean Development Bank opened its first Australian office on 8 December in Sydney in order to manage its growing Australian portfolio. Information on doing business and opportunities in the Republic of Korea People-to-people and institutional links Australia's economic and strategic links with the ROK are underpinned by extensive people-to-people and institutional links.
In the Census, almostAustralian residents claimed Korean ancestry.