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South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang meet at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, March 23, 2018 (AP photo by Nguyen Khanh).

South Korea and Vietnam Set Ambitious Trade Targets, With ‘Almost Identical’ Strategic Goals

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

On March 23 in Hanoi, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his Vietnamese counterpart, Tran Dai Quang, announced plans to rapidly increase trade between their two countries from more than $60 billion today to $100 billion by 2020. Bilateral trade has been growing quickly since South Korea and Vietnam signed a free trade deal in 2015, building on economic ties formed after diplomatic relations were established in 1992. In an email interview, Lee Jaehyon, a research fellow and director of the Center for ASEAN and Oceania Studies at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, discusses South Korea and Vietnam’s deepening relationship and how it fits into both countries’ regional foreign policies.

WPR: What is the current state of bilateral ties between South Korea and Vietnam, and how has the relationship evolved in recent years? ...

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