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South Korea and the U.S.

by David De La Torre

In Obama’s most improved bilateral alliance, The Economist looks at how South Korea has become a strong American ally.

This week, Seoul became the foreign capital Mr Obama has visited most often as president. He praised South Korea for its outward-looking policies — exemplified by its hosting of a nuclear-security summit on March 26th-27th that was Mr Obama’s brainchild. He has just nominated Jim Yong Kim, who was born in Seoul, to be head of the World Bank. To Mr Obama, South Korea has become a model ally.

Mr Lee, who like his opposite number comes from modest origins but unlike him is a business-friendly conservative, reciprocates the warmth. [more]