Edition: English Asia Pacific Africa Europe | Español Français العربية Pусский | 中文简体 中文繁体
Homepage > News

S. Korea’s Park US visit makes waves

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

11-11-2015 17:01 BJT

By Zhang Dongming, Director, Institute of Northeast Asia, Liaoning University

On November 8, the Blue House of the ROK (Republic of Korea) announced President Park Geun-hye will attend The Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (G20) summit, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 10 + 3 summit and East Asia Summit (EAS) from November 14-23. 

Earlier, Park visited China in September, going to the US visit in October and attended the United Nations General Assembly. She also recently attended the China-Japan-ROK summit.

Her diplomatic activities have enhanced Korean diplomatic power in regional and international affairs, to consolidate better relations with its allies. Her US visit had accomplished plenty. Seoul and Washington issued a 2015 Korea-US joint statement on North Korea. The two sides called for a complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) to solve the DPRK nuclear issue, urging the DPRK to comply with international obligations.


The statement endorses dialogue with the DPRK. In response to provocations of the DPRK in any form, Seoul and Washington will modernize their armies.

Washington would continue to support the peaceful reunification of the two Koreas as mentioned by Park’s speech given at the Dresden University of Technology of Germany.

Washington praised Park’s efforts to improve inter-Korean relations and welcomed a South Korean resolution on tensions of the Korean peninsula in August 2015.

The joint statement is a political declaration. It’s the first time for heads of South Korea and the US to deliver a joint statement on the DPRK nuclear issues.

Will this be Seoul and Washington’s usual practice in the future? The two countries are coordinating their policies to exert diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang. Washington also wants Seoul’s support on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The US government welcomes South Korea to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). After the Park-Obama meeting, Seoul and Washington endorsed the trade deal.

Seoul and Washington have already signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The TPP could strengthen South Korea-US economic and trade relations.

South Korea is one of the world’s top ten economies and third-largest economy in Asia. But when will South Korea join. Will South Korea join before the TPP takes effects? Yet, Seoul still has enough time to prepare.

During President Park's US visit, her business delegation had 166 members, the largest number in its history. The ROK and US have agreed to expand cooperation in health care, aerospace, climate change, cyber security and other cutting-edge industries.

They signed South Korea-US aviation and space cooperation agreements. South Korea-US enterprises have held one-to-one business meetings twice in Washington and New York, signing deals on 39 cooperation agreements wit a total values $US 250 million.

The military alliance has been strengthened. South Korean Defense Minister of South Korea accompanied Park on the US visit, just the second time in history. The problem of THAAD was not included in the agenda of the Korea-US summit.

The outcomes of Park’s US visit is of great significance impacting relations between China and South Korea, DPRK and South Korea, South Korea and Japan respectively.


( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



Panview offers a new window of understanding the world as well as China through the views, opinions, and analysis of experts. We also welcome outside submissions, so feel free to send in your own editorials to "globalopinion@vip.cntv.cn" for consideration.

Panview offers an alternative angle on China and the rest of the world through the analyses and opinions of experts. We also welcome outside submissions, so feel free to send in your own editorials to "globalopinion@vip.cntv.cn" for consideration.


Follow us on

  • Please scan the QR Code to follow us on Instagram

  • Please scan the QR Code to follow us on Wechat

We Recommend

  • World Heritage China Part 29
  • Glamorous Indonesia Part 2
  • Along the Coast Part 41
  • Glamorous Indonesia Part 1
  • Dreams and the business reality
  • Philippines' beauty pageant obsession
  • China's love for basketball
  • Box office online
  • Jixi: Land of luminaries II