Full Live Episode S. Korea News Broadcast June 3

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Published on June 3, 2020 by

We begin a discussion on an issue making headlines.
In the aftermath of the coronavirus,… will there be a new normal for global politics?
The G7 summit convenes the leaders of the world’s richest countries once a year to discuss global issues and economic policies.
Made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Japan, it has been a platform for multilateral cooperation since the 1970s when it was first formed.
The host nation this year is the United States,… but President Trump has called the group “outdated,” saying it fails to reflect the contemporary world. He said he’d like to invite South Korea, Australia, India and Russia.
But this unconventional move has caused some controversy.
To discuss this issue,… we have joining us today: Dr. Kim Byoung-joo, Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, and Dr. John Nilsson-Wright, Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and Korea Fellow at the Chatham House.
Dr. Kim: Reacting to President Trump’s suggestion of expanding the G7 summit,… while excluding China, Beijing’s foreign ministry and state-run media have shown expressed some skepticism. Do you think President Trmp will make it happen anyway?
Dr. NW: President Trump’s move to include Russia in the G7 meeting has triggered negative responses from other G7 countries. How do you think this will play out?
Dr. Kim: President Trump hasn’t done himself many favors over the past few years with his America first policy, while China’s narrative over the COVID-19 outbreak, its move to control Hong Kong and its aggressive trade measures against Australia for instance throughout this pandemic has caused a number of countries to become wary. Can either of them get the backing they need from G7 countries and the plus four?
Dr. NW: Upsetting trade ties with China is something most countries want to avoid at all costs as most economies are already fragile.
So it looks like most governments are treading delicately. How should South Korea manage this juggling act?
Dr. Kim: President Trump has said the G7’s outdated system does not represent the current international security situation. Do you think he’s right? Could it be a chance for middle power countries like South Korea to play a more active role in the world?
What kind of agendas should Seoul push for?
Dr. NW: Last year’s G7 summit ended with President Trump lashing out at host Canada and retracting his endorsement of the joint statement. Is this an end to the current version of world order as we know it?
Dr. NW: What do you hope to see from the world leaders as an outcome of the summit?
We’re going to have to wrap up the discussion here but it’s been very insightful. Dr. Kim Byoung-joo, Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, and Dr. John Nilsson-Wright, Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and Korea Fellow at the Chatham House. Thank you for joining the programme.

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