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South Korea's Yoon draws closer to ASEAN, keeping distance from China

President welcomes Vietnam's PM in latest move of new Indo-Pacific strategy

Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, left, arrives in Seoul to meet South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol for a state visit Dec. 5.   © AP

SEOUL -- South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol is seeking closer ties with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as part of his Indo-Pacific strategy, which mirrors U.S.-led efforts and keeps China at arm's length.

On Monday, Yoon hosted Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Seoul as his first state guest since taking office in May.

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