[단독] U.S. virtually opposes joining Korea Quad… CRS “Exclusion of Korea causes criticism”

U.S. “Currently, we are not considering adding a quad to Korea”
The focus is on strengthening stability rather than new member states
Biden does not confirm participation in Korean working group

CRS “traditional bilateral alliances as marginal beings”
Quad launched without a strong economic foundation
‘Weak link’ raises doubts about cohesion such as India

President Yoon Seok-yeol and US President Joe Biden hold a summit meeting at the Oval Office of the Presidential Office in Yongsan, Seoul on the 21st. yunhap news

While the Yun Seok-yeol administration realized the high wall of joining the Quad (a security dialogue body of the United States, Australia, India, and Japan) through the Korea-US summit, the US Congressional Research Service (CRS) criticized Korea’s exclusion from the Quad.

At the summit meeting between President Yoon and US President Joe Biden on the 21st, the quad issue was on the table, but it seems that the South Korean side did not reach a satisfactory conclusion. The joint statement released after the summit said only that “President Biden especially welcomed President Yun Seok-yeol’s interest in Quad and paid attention to Korea’s complementary strengths, such as combating infectious diseases, responding to climate change, and developing core technologies.” President Biden also did not give a definite answer to President Yun’s participation in the Quad Working Group, which lowered his goal as it was not easy to join the quad system.

A high-ranking U.S. official also said at a briefing of the White House press team accompanying President Biden on the 22nd, “Right now, we are not considering adding a quad to South Korea. This is the goal for now.”

“It is worth noting that the Quad is a relatively new organization and it is still a new organization seeking the best way to cooperate,” he said. Since it has not been long since the inauguration of President Biden in January of last year since Quad was upgraded to a top-level meeting, it is important to develop the existing agenda and strengthen its stability rather than adding member states. Quad will hold the 3rd summit in Tokyo, Japan on the 24th.

Meanwhile, CRS criticized Korea for being excluded from the quad.

President Yoon Seok-yeol and those in attendance from South Korea listen to President Joe Biden’s remarks during the expanded Korea-US summit held in the Oval Office of the Presidential Office in Yongsan, Seoul on the 21st. Reporter Lee Jae-moon

In the report ‘Quad: Security Cooperation of the United States, Japan, India and Australia’ released on the 16th (local time), CRS said, “(From the quad) other countries in the region are excluded and the (US) traditional bilateral alliance has a peripheral existence. Marginalization is causing criticism.” In particular, referring to Korea, he said, “Korea, a treaty ally of the United States, is not a quad even though it is a democratic country with maritime interests and an increasing naval power. pointed out the problem.

The CRS is a legislative aid that provides bipartisan policy advice to the US Congress and exerts a powerful influence over Congress and the government.

CRS also mentioned the practical limitations of the quad. CRS said, “China is one of the three largest trading partners in all four quadrants, and all four rely on Chinese supply chains. ) could be linked to the perception that the U.S.’s influence in the region is weakening.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Beijing = Xinhua Yonhap News

The CRS also questioned whether Quad could play an effective role in the absence of a strong economic base to counter China’s dominance in regional free trade agreements.

Quad also expressed doubts about whether it would be able to maintain cohesion despite differences in positions among member states on the situation in Ukraine and other geopolitical changes. In the case of India, a large South Asian country that is a quad and a member of the BRICS (five emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), mentioning that it is Russia’s longtime strategic partner, “Some call India the weakest link in the quad” He also pointed out