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New Approaches to the Trilateral Cooperation between South Korea, North Korea and Russia

  • 저자Joungho Park
  • 발간일2019-06-14

It is necessary to take a new approach to the trilateral cooperation. We need to identify new locations, concepts, and projects focusing on the improvement of connectivity and integration in the region while carrying out the three existing megaprojects. To this end, the parties must take some actions. Firstly, recalibration of the scope of the cooperation projects is required. This should be done by applying some of the universal principles of international investment and cooperation, namely development cooperation, more facilitated trade, and foreign direct investment. Secondly, the spatial boundaries also need some expansion. Thirdly, soft infrastructure construction may become an essential part of the trilateral cooper-ation projects along with other infrastructure construction projects or development cooperation programs, which include joint research, the establishment of a policy coordination mechanism, and the signing of a comprehensive partnership agreement (CEPA) between the two Koreas and Russia. Also required is the establishment of a track 1.5 based coordinating body to identify new tri-lateral cooperation projects, speed up the implementation of the existing ones, and develop new ideas. For instance, it may be possible to establish a policy coordinating organization inside the Far East Development Ministry or the Far Eastern Federal University, and present and review the results at the annual Eastern Economic Forum conference.  

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