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Attention drifted in November 2020 to January 2021 from the election of Joe Biden in the US to the visit of Chinese foreign Minister Wang Yi to action against the spreading of leaflets into North Korea to the handling of court decisions central to the dispute with Japan over the legacy of its occupation of Korea. Thus, fleeting concern with each of the four relationships at the core of South Korean foreign policy was manifest in this transitional period in the global environment. The results of President Moon Jae-in’s adjustments remained unclear as Biden awaited his inauguration, Kim Jong-un did not show his hand, and Xi Jinping was also waiting.

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