India-South Korea Current Affairs - 2020

India-South Korea hold meeting to enhance Bilateral Security Cooperation

On January 4, 2020, the defence ministers of India and South Korea discussed ways to enhance bilateral security cooperation in the field of defence industries and research and development.

Highlights

During the defence ministers meet held between India and South Korea, several possible areas of cooperation in the field of defence industry were listed. The countries also discussed about investment in Defence Industrial Corridors in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

Defence Industrial Corridors

The Government of India has set up Defence Industrial Corridor in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The Corridors facilitate efficient industrial base and aims at increasing defence production in the country. They aim at ensuring connectivity between different defence industrial units.

The Uttar Pradesh Defence Corridor aims to connect six cities namely Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra, Chitrakoot, Jhansi and Aligarh. Tamil Nadu Defence Corridor includes five cities namely Hosur, Salem, Chennai, Trichy and Coimbatore.

Significance

It is essential for India to maintain cordial relations with South Korea for its strategic location in China Sea. Also, India is currently developing strong military hardware cooperation with South Korea. Indian Army has inducted K-9 Vajra howitzers that has roots in South Korea. K9 is currently deployed in the border of Pakistan.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeongdoo, Minister of National Defence, on the second day of his 3-day visit to Republic of Korea (ROK) in Seoul. Indian Defence Minister is on a three-day visit to South Korea with an aim to intensify bilateral defence and security relations.

Key Highlights of Meet

Two leaders comprehensively reviewed bilateral defence co-operation between the countries and noted that defence co-operation lies at heart of Special Strategic Partnership between India and ROK. Both also exchanged views on regional and international developments of mutual interest.

Discussions were held on ongoing co-operation at Service-to-Service level and prospects for enhanced co-operation between defence industries of India and Korea.

Agreements Signed: To further the defence educational exchanges and to extend logistical support to each other’s Navies both countries signed two major agreements. This agreement is expected to enhance defence co-operation between two countries.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also paid homage at National Cemetery of Korea to brave martyrs who had laid down their lives for Korean nation. He also visited War Memorial to which he presented a copy of citation received by Indian 60th Para Field Hospital for its exceptional contributions during Korean War (1950 –1953).

India-Korea Defence Ties

India is already developing strong military hardware cooperation with South Korea as Indian Army has already inducted K-9 Vajra self-propelled howitzers (which is a modified version of South Korea’s Samsung-Techwin K-9 Thunder) built in partnership with Indian firm Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and South Korean Hanwha Techwin.