Senior U.S. diplomat emphasizes Seoul-Washington cooperation on 5G network
Updated: 2021-12-17 04:58:36 KST
Visiting Seoul for a series of talks on economic cooperation, U.S. Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose Fernandez emphasized the need to build a reliable network, adding that the U.S. is working with South Korea on 5G network cooperation.
After a Joint Public-Private Economic Forum on Thursday, the American official said that South Korean companies will be given more opportunities to work with the U.S. regarding 5G technology.
It's widely seen as the U.S. expanding network cooperation with its allies against China.
In 2019, the U.S. put Chinese tech giant Huawei on its blacklist, citing security problems.
At the forum, also discussed were bolstering bilateral cooperation on gender equality and the so-called "STEM," meaning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
While in Seoul, Fernandez on Thursday met with officials from the finance and trade ministries for talks on infrastructure and supply chain cooperation.
Supply chain resilience, carbon neutrality as well as the U.S.' Indo-Pacific economic framework were discussed with vice trade minister Park Jin-kyu.
Park urged a renegotiation of the U.S. Section 232 tariff rules on steel.
Fernandez will hold Senior Economic Dialogue with Seoul's second vice foreign minister Choi Jong-moon on Friday.
As a follow-up to the Moon-Biden summit in May, they will discuss cooperation on building supply chain resilience, science and technology, combatting COVID-19 and the climate crisis.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.