Prevent China from becoming regional hegemony: South Korea

 South Korean Ambassador to India on Thursday called for checking a "resurgent China" and said the arms race in East Asia can be cause of concern.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 19, 2014, 00:22 AM IST

New Delhi: South Korean Ambassador to India on Thursday called for checking a "resurgent China" and said the arms race in East Asia can be cause of concern.

"It is in the interest of the Asian region to prevent China, that has increased its defence budget to 750 per cent since the past two decades, from becoming a regional hegemony.

"The continuing arms race in the East Asia can be a concern for the regional countries, including India," Korean Ambassador Joon-gyu Lee said at an event here.

Speaking at a conference titled: 'India and Korea: New Prospects for Bilateral Co-operation', the Ambassador called for strategic partnership between India and South Korea in strategic areas.

"India and Korea share common cultural, political and economic values. Right from having a political system based on liberal democracy to the cultural pathos, both the countries have a lot in common.

"The strengths of the Indian economy like defence, space research and airpower as well as Korea's strong shipping industry, can reap combined benefits for both the regions," he said.

Lee also noted the importance of Indo-South Korean cooperation in the fields of nuclear energy and maritime security.

"Both India and Korea can exchange help with respect to nuclear energy and share crucial information among each other regarding maritime security. With India emerging as a strong force in SAARC and keeping in mind its 'Look East policy', there is a need for combining the wisdom of the region and ensure better co-operation among the regional countries.

"This unity of thoughts and action is also crucial for stopping the dominant forces," he said.