- In COVID-19 Era, South Korea Remains America’s Steadfast Ally of Democracy
From a foreign policy perspective, the COVID-19 pandemic shows why the United States should be in the business of preserving and advancing freedom, civil society, and other democratic values in practical partnerships with like-minded and willing allies, such as South Korea. In fact, South Korea’s response to the coronavirus outbreak has been exemplary. That dynamic free-market democracy has successfully demonstrated its capacity to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus while avoiding the kind of massive economic shutdowns being experienced throughout the United States and Europe. Equally notably, the long-time ally of America, which has never postponed an election in its 75-year history, has become the first country to hold a general election effectively and fairly as scheduled (on April 15) in the midst of the current coronavirus pandemic. When can America reopen? The National Coronavirus Recovery Commission, a project of The Heritage Foundation, is gathering America’s top thinkers together to figure that out. Learn more here. For generations, the U.S.-South Korea alliance has been the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia. South Korea’s relationship with the U.S. is based on shared values, people-to-people ties, and leading-edge business cooperation led by global companies in both countries, recognized as one of the most successful bilateral relationships that America has invested in and built. Once a recipient of U.S. aid, South Korea has become one of the most dynamic free-market democracies in the world. According to The Heritage Foundation’s annual Index of Economic Freedom, which measures a country’s overall business environment, South Korea is ranked 25th in the world as a “mostly free” economy.