DURING the Korean Thanksgiving holidays in early October, the airport was flooded with people leaving the country in huge waves.
So where were these people going? In fact, the number one travel destination for the South Korean people was once again, Asean. More than 600,000 people travelled to Asean during the holiday.
To South Korea, Asean is a very close partner and neighbour, and the two sides have close cooperation and exchange in a variety of areas.
Asean and South Korea became dialogue partners in 1989. From then until today, for almost three decades, there has been remarkable development in this partnership, with significant milestones achieved.
Also, South Korea’s investment to Asean increased from US$92mil in 1989 to US$5.1bil in 2016, a 55-fold increase. To note, South Korea’s investment in Asean surpassed that in China, by more than two times this year.
In this regard, Asean-South Korea relations serve as a model for a fast-developing and fast-evolving partnership.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, soon after his inauguration, recognised the importance of South Korea’s partnership with Asean. Such acknowledgement will serve as a critical foundation for another