Smaller countries can be 'middle power' in East Asia, says top South Korean diplomat
SMALLER players can play a big role in establishing the rules of engagement in East Asia, a top South Korean diplomat said on Thursday (aug29).
"Constructive middle power diplomacy can serve as a catalyst in East Asia than in any other region to address the challenges we face and promote the establishment of relevant governance, rules and norms," Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Kyung Soo told participants at the inaugural Korea-Singapore forum at Marina Mandarin hotel.
Mr Lee painted a picture of an East Asia emerging as "the core of global growth" amid challenges such as North Korea's nuclear ambitions, maritime disputes, the cyber threat and climate change.
"These daunting challenges cannot be met solely by major powers as they once did in the past," he told an audience of more than 40 politicians, diplomats, businessmen and academics from Singapore and South Korea.