Former Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and North Korea
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ANZUS, Australia and Korea
Australia's efforts to forge an alliance with the US were consolidated by a rapid and substantial commitment to the Korean War. But former ambassador Bill Paterson argues the current modest level of engagement on the Korean peninsula is an "opportunity forgone" to build security ties with both the US and Republic of Korea.
Missed opportunity: an appraisal of Australia-Korea relations
The relationship between Australia and South Korea is perennially undervalued, writes former ambassador Bill Paterson. But, he argues, it is economic imperatives rather than geopolitical challenges that might end up driving the two countries together.