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South Korea election

How Yoon may shift South Korean foreign policy: 5 things to know

President-elect vows to 'rebuild' U.S. alliance, take tougher lines on China and North

South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol faces a multitude of foreign policy challenges. (Nikkei montage/AP)

SEOUL -- After a narrow win in South Korea's election on Wednesday, President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol will have little time to celebrate. The political newcomer has to prepare for the realities of office after his inauguration in May and steer his nation's foreign policy through a turbulent regional and global environment.

The former chief prosecutor, a diplomatic novice, will face tough challenges -- the North Korean nuclear and missile threat, the bitter struggle between the U.S. and China for global hegemony, chilly ties with Japan and Russia's war on Ukraine.

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