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President Yoon Suk Yeol of South Korea is currently in the UK for a three-day state visit, where he will focus on strengthening trade and defense ties between the two countries. The visit is of particular interest to Britain, as it hopes to solidify its “Indo-Pacific tilt” in foreign and trade policy.

Yoon’s visit includes various forms of ceremonial and diplomatic treatment, such as a ceremonial welcome with military honor guards, a speech to Parliament, and a state banquet hosted by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace. His talks with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will cover trade, technology, and defense, with the two countries officially launching discussions on an “upgraded” free trade agreement.

Since leaving the EU in 2020, the U.K. has been actively pursuing trade talks with multiple countries, with agreements finalized only with Australia and New Zealand thus far. The two leaders are also expected to sign an agreement covering cooperation in defense and technology, including artificial intelligence.

The U.K. plans to invest in South Korean semiconductor manufacturing, part of international efforts to diversify the supply of computer components. Additionally, the two countries will boost defense cooperation, including joint naval patrols to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

These agreements made during Yoon’s visit are expected to drive investment, boost trade, and build a long-term friendship between the U.K. and South Korea.

By Editor

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