South Korea-India Ties: Between Bilateralism, Minilateralism, and Multilateralism

Focus Asia March, 2024

In the context of the Indo-Pacific construct, the expanding gaps in global governance, the rise in minilateralism, the need to reinvigorate regional and global multilateralism, and the imperative to strengthen the rules-based liberal international order, it is important to look at the evolving trajectory of ties between India and South Korea, both Asian giants.

This paper first discusses the contours of the ROK’s Indo-Pacific strategy, especially through the India angle. It then examines South Korea’s importance in India’s foreign policy and regional/global goals through the prism of India’s relationship with the Quad partners. It also looks at their congruence and cooperation in regional, global organizations and platforms such as the United Nations (UN), ASEAN, the Group of Twenty (G20), and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). Finally, it explores the prospects of cooperation through select minilateral forums.

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