Forging a Stronger Triangle: Can Regionalism and Economic Integration Help?


Strengthening economic ties among South Korea, Southeast Asia, and the United States would contribute to shared goals and facilitate growth in the wider Asia-Pacific community. After reviewing Korea-Southeast Asia ties, this paper suggests that a non-exclusive triangle should be forged within the framework of both ASEAN-centered regional organizations and U.S.-backed trans-Pacific initiatives, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It ends with suggestions for the future.

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