"Even minor friction could lead to major clashes the key is to hold our balance" that's what South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said about the current diplomatic situations around the world.
Amid lingering tensions between the U.S. and China Seoul's foreign ministry on Tuesday hosted the third Strategic Coordination Meeting on Foreign Affairs.
"Multilateral cooperation frameworks are not functioning properly, while the roles of international organizations are being isolated, global supply networks and private exchanges are contracting."
Even with souring Sino-U.S. relations, Seoul hopes to maintain good relations with both Washington, its security ally, and Beijing, a major trading partner.
The foreign ministry also outlined its four major principles
For national security, there was emphasis on the importance of the U.S. ROK alliances.
For economy and trade, the ministry supported fair and reciprocal trade relations while being open and inclusive.
Continued support is to be given for science and technology through strategic openness but with the need to strengthen security for the country's own technologies.
Lastly, in terms of values and standards, there is a eagerness to contribute to the practical enhancement of the values that humanity jointly pursues.
There were around 50 people in attendance at the meeting from 10 government departmentssuch as the Ministries of Defense and Unification and also from academic institutions.
The first Strategic Coordination Meeting was held in July 2019 in response to certain fast-changing diplomatic relations such as Tokyo's export curbs on Seoul.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News