What is South Koreas strategic posture in East Asia?

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What is South Koreas strategic posture in East Asia?

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After the Korean War ended in 1953, South Korea and the United States established a political and security alliance that has lasted more than half a century. “For a number of decades, South Korea primarily defined itself as a U.S. ally, with the enemy to the north,” says Donald Gregg, president of the Korea Society and a former U.S. ambassador to Korea. However, South Korea is now trying to create a new role for itself in Asia. Seoul is exploring a growing economic relationship with China–which passed the United States in 2003 to become South Korea’s largest trading partner–and its policy of engagement and growing cooperation with North Korea is pulling it away from the United States. “All we know for sure is that South Korea’s role is no longer junior partner to the U.S.,” says David Kang, a visiting professor of Asian studies at Stanford University. “The days when they would just unquestioningly follow the U.S. are over.” Kang and other experts say Seoul is beginning to shift its f

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