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Unformatted text preview: and a belligerent North Korea by building strong trade, diplomatic and security relationships
with South Korea and other Pacific allies. The Agreement would also help America compete and win in
Korea’s $1.3 trillion economy. In recent years, China has muscled aside the United States, and is
Korea’s #1 supplier. The FTA’s advantages would help U.S. companies and workers win back business
from China and others in this vital Asian market.
So, while Fords and fillets are certainly important, the Korea FTA also includes other “beefy” benefits for
American trade. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Impact – SKFTA Good – Alliance
SKFTA key to maintaining the alliance
Voice of America 7/1/11
(No Author, an editorial from Voice of America, 1 July 2011, “US-South Korea Relations”,
http://www.voanews.com/policy/editorials/US---South-Korea-Relations-124891909.html , 7.2.11, SWolff)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently met with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim SungHwan to discuss a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global issues. On North Korea, Secretary
Clinton said the United States remains committed to achieving a lasting peace on a denuclearized Korean
Peninsula. "Our position," she said, "has not changed. While we remain open to direct engagement with
North Korea, we remain firm in our resolve and our shared position that Pyongyang must improve its
relations with the Republic of Korea." She also announced that the U.S., South Korea, and Japan plan to
hold another trilateral meeting on this issue later this summer. On the humanitarian front, the United States
remains deeply concerned about the well-being of the North Korean people. The United States is analyzing
the results of a recent field team's assessment and is closely monitoring the food situation in North Korea.
Secretary Clinton said no decision has been made about providing food aid at this time. Such a decision
must be based on legitimate humanitarian needs, competing needs elsewhere around the world, and the
United States' ability to ensure and monitor that whatever food aid is provided actually reaches the people
who are in need. With regard to trade, the U.S. and South Korea are both committed to passing and
implementing the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. Secretary Clinton said the trade agreement will
boost exports and create tens of thousands of new jobs in both the U.S. and South Korea. She also said
it would "send a powerful message that the United States and the Republic of Korea are strategic
partners for the long term, and that America is fully embracing our continuing role as a Pacific
power." The United States applauds South Korea's extraordinary economic success, now the 12th largest
economy in the world, and its impressive efforts as an emerging donor country to triple its development
budget by 2015. The U.S signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Korea that will promote
efficiency in aid delivery and boost its impact in areas such as global hunger and food security, and maternal
and children’s health, as well as help en...
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