South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol is currently on a three-day state visit to the UK. The primary objective of this visit is to strengthen trade and defense ties between the two nations. The formal visit is expected to further solidify Britain’s “Indo-Pacific tilt” in foreign and trade policy.
During his stay, Yoon will engage in talks with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, focusing on trade, technology, and defense. The two countries are also set to sign an agreement on cooperation regarding defense and technology, with a specific emphasis on artificial intelligence. Their discussions will also include plans for joint naval patrols to enforce UN sanctions on North Korea, as well as Britain’s intention to invest in South Korean semiconductor manufacturing as part of international efforts to diversify the supply of computer components.
The high-quality chips are currently primarily produced in Taiwan, which has been highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic and an increasingly assertive China as a potential future supply risk. The outcome of Yoon’s visit is expected to drive investment, boost trade, and create a lasting friendship in order to maintain global stability and protect the interests of both countries.
Yoon will be treated with both royal and diplomatic pomp during his visit, including a ceremonial welcome with military honor guards, the opportunity to address Parliament, and a state banquet hosted by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace.