The ROK-US alliance has expanded to include technology in addition to the military and economy.

The ROK-US alliance has expanded to include technology in addition to the military and economy.

On the 9th, Korea and the United States held the first Korea-US Next Generation Critical and Emerging Technologies Dialogue in Seoul.

This meeting was co-chaired by National Security Office Director Cho Tae-yong and U.S. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, and the Ministry of Science and ICT, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, and Ministry of Health and Welfare attended from our side.

On the U.S. side, the State Department, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, White House Office of Epidemic Preparedness and Response (OPPR), and Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) attended.

The ROK-US alliance has expanded to include technology in addition to the military and economy.
The ROK-US alliance has expanded to include technology in addition to the military and economy.

Director of the National Security Office Cho Tae-yong said in his remarks that the future of geopolitics under the recent polycrisis situation depends on each country’s technology and innovation, and that Korea also considers the core emerging technology policy as an important axis of its security policy and enacts related laws. He explained that he is pursuing the launch of a joint response team for technology leaks and expansion of the global joint research budget.

Assistant Secretary Jake Sullivan said he was pleased to hold the ROK-US Next Generation Core Emerging Technology Dialogue and hoped that the two countries would strengthen cooperation in key emerging technologies, including joint research, as allies.

At the meeting, the two countries discussed comprehensive cooperation plans across the entire technology cycle, including joint research, investment, standards, and human resources development in fields such as semiconductors, quantum, bio, batteries, clean energy, AI, and digital. It was decided to hold an informal three-party dialogue.

Based on these achievements, both countries expect that their high-tech cooperation will evolve to the next level and that the synergy effect of technology and security cooperation between the two countries will be enhanced. In particular, it is expected that through this meeting, the ROK-US alliance will establish itself as a comprehensive strategic alliance that encompasses technology as well as military and economy.

Through this meeting, it was decided to expand opportunities for joint research support between the Ministry of Science and ICT and the U.S. National Science Foundation in the semiconductor field, and to explore ways to cooperate in the semiconductor technology center that the two countries’ Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the Ministry of Commerce are seeking to establish.

In the bio field, the Ministry of Science and ICT and the U.S. National Science Foundation decided to provide at least $10 million in support for research cooperation in the bio-economy field, and between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the U.S. NIH, comprehensive cooperation such as physician-scientist exchange programs, biomedical research cooperation, and cooperation between research-oriented hospitals was established. and agreed to strengthen cooperation related to the U.S. Cancer Moonshot Initiative 2.0. In addition, a 1.5 track channel involving the governments of both countries and pharmaceutical companies is planned to be launched within next year to discuss ways to strengthen the pharmaceutical supply chain.

In the battery and clean energy field, it was decided to expand research and development among national research institutes to develop next-generation batteries, and to strengthen joint research cooperation through an MOU between the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology and Evaluation and the U.S. EVSTS*.

In the quantum field, the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) decided to strengthen cooperation to promote next-generation quantum computer research and also strengthen cooperation between industries and universities in the two countries.

In the field of AI, the U.S. will cooperate with the Mini AI Video Summit, the AI ​​Global Forum, and the High-Level Meeting on Responsible Military Use of Artificial Intelligence (REAIM), which are scheduled to be hosted by Korea next year, and will form an AI working group to develop international standards, joint research, and policies. They also agreed to cooperate on interoperability between the two countries.

In addition, the two countries agreed to cooperate to promote the construction of safe and resilient ICT infrastructure in third countries such as Southeast Asia and to cooperate in the field of international standards such as 5G and 6G.

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