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The Quincy Institute and the Seoul-based East Asia Foundation hosted a Zoom webinar on Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00 PM ET / May 28 at 9:00 AM KST on the future of the U.S.-South Korea relations, exploring South Korea’s recent legislative election and its implications for bilateral relations.
On April 15, South Korea held one of the world’s first national elections during the coronavirus pandemic. The voter turnout was 66.2%, the highest turnout for South Korea’s legislative election in almost 30 years. How will the National Assembly and South Korean President Moon Jae-in tackle outstanding bilateral issues, such as the Special Measures Agreement and diplomacy with North Korea? How does the U.S. Congress view these issues? How does South Korea view rising U.S.-China tensions?
Speakers included the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Asia Subcommittee Chairman Ami Bera; Ambassador Sung-hwan Kim, Chairman of the East Asia Foundation and former Foreign Minister of South Korea; and Dr. Chung-in Moon, Special Advisor to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The Quincy Institute’s Senior Research Fellow for East Asia and former policy adviser on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Jessica Lee moderated the discussion.