It was a busy fall for Ambassador Cho. It began with the National Day and Armed Forces Day Reception at the Residence, where he remarked that 2018 is the 65th anniversary of the ROK-US Alliance and that the alliance today is stronger than ever before. This was followed by the ambassador receiving the 2018 Distinguished Diplomatic Service Award from the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC on behalf of the ROK and ended with him speaking with guests from the Atlantic Council about various issues around the globe, including what is going on in and around the Korean Peninsula.
It was a bustling summer for Ambassador Cho. Of note, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea hosted a meeting in July with the economic officers across the U.S. Various economic issues were discussed, taking place at a critical time to address circumstances associated with the rapid changes taking place in US trade policy.
The spring proved to be an exciting time for Ambassador Cho in the pursuit of strengthening Korea-U.S. relations. He began the quarter by attending a welcome reception at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he commended the Chamber’s efforts in promoting KORUS FTA. This was followed by a meeting with former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan where they discussed economic trends and a celebration in May at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate global culture and all things Korean during Passport DC’s Around the World Embassy Tour!
The year kicked off with a new year’s message to the nation from President Moon Jae-in noting the impressive economic steps taken in 2017. It later included the 115th-anniversary celebration of Korean American Day and conversations between President Moon and President Trump discussing key economic topics.
This fall, the airports in Washington and Seoul have been full of government officials shuttling back and forth between the two capitals. News in the U.S. and Korea has been dominated by stories about the new Korean Ambassador to the United States, Korea-U.S. relations, increasing Korean FDI, economic ties, regional security, and the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).
Vol 6 • Issue 3 • Third Quarter 2017
For more than 60 years, Korea and the United States have been allies and friends. A cornerstone of this relationship is the close trade ties between the two nations. Over the past five years these ties have grown ever stronger through the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). However, in recent months, there has been pointed criticism of the trade agreement and short-sighted claims that an imbalance in the trade of goods, only benefits Korea.
Vol 6 • Issue 2 • Second Quarter 2017
On May 8, 2017, Koreans went to the polls and elected a new president, Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea. President Moon took office on May 10 and will make his first official visit to the United States this week. President Moon will speak with President Trump about pressing issues of regional security and the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement’s (KORUS FTA) five years of success. The Embassy staff look forward to welcoming President Moon to Washington, D.C. on his first state visit.
Vol 6 • Issue 1 • First Quarter 2017
Every March, we celebrate the anniversary of the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) and reflect on the ways in which it has deepened the relationship between our countries. Today, though much has changed over the past four years, I remain an ardent supporter of the KORUS FTA for three reasons.
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This fall, the airports in Washington and Seoul have been full of government officials shuttling back and forth between the two capitals. News in the U.S. and Korea has been dominated by stories about the new Korean Ambassador …………