S. Korea Expects To Become Formal Member Of Expanded G7: Cheong Wa Dae
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Tue 02nd June 2020 | 01:31 PM
South Korea said Tuesday it is expected to become a standing member of an expanded group of leading economies, not a temporary observer, once U.S. President Donald Trump's related plan is implemented smoothly
SEOUL,(APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Jun, 2020 ) :South Korea said Tuesday it is expected to become a standing member of an expanded group of leading economies, not a temporary observer, once U.S. President Donald Trump's related plan is implemented smoothly.
Trump is seeking to include Russia, Australia, India and probably Brazil in the longstanding club, which he regards as outdated. The existing members are the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
Moon expressed support for the move and willingness to attend an in-person group summit if organized. The U.S. is the host of this year's G7 session on a rotational basis.
If Moon makes a trip to the U.S. for the meeting within this year, it would mean that South Korea becomes a "formal member of the new international mechanism," not a one-time or provisional observer, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok said at a press briefing.
It suggests South Korea's emergence as one of the nations leading the global order, which would help enhance its global stature and national interest, he added.
Moon, in particular, was the first foreign leader with whom Trump had a phone conversation in connection with the plan to scale up the G7, Kang pointed out.
Trump's initiative is widely seen as aimed at putting more pressure on China amid deepening rifts between the superpowers.
It's an open secret that his administration has been pursuing an anti-China bloc of the U.S. and other like-minded nations with democracies.
"First, the issue of China or Hong Kong was not raised in the (Moon-Trump) phone talks," he said. "I saw news reports of China's possible complaint, but I don't think China will lodge a protest." Holding a face-to-face summit of G7 members and other invited nations would itself send a positive signal that the world is returning to a normal condition and economy, he added.
Moon's focus lies on a fresh diplomatic mechanism and international relations suitable for the post-coronavirus era, not any attempt to target a certain nation, according to his aides.
Seoul and Beijing have maintained solid mutual trust in the course of coping with the virus.
"The timing of his visit has not been decided yet," he said. Xi earlier agreed to make a trip here within this year.