U.S. Diplomat to Engage in Economic Talks in South Korea

SEOUL – A senior U.S. diplomat is set to visit South Korea for the eighth Senior Economic Dialogue, focusing on cooperation in critical minerals, semiconductors, and energy security. The State Department announced this upcoming visit on Friday as part of a wider three-nation tour, which also includes stops in Vietnam and the Philippines.

According to the Yonhap News Agency, Jose Fernandez, the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, will lead the U.S. delegation in the dialogue with South Korea. The meeting aims to reinforce the robust trade and investment ties with the Republic of Korea (ROK) and further collaboration in areas such as critical minerals, semiconductors, and energy security. This engagement is part of Fernandez's itinerary that spans from Monday through February 1.

During his visits to Vietnam and the Philippines, Fernandez plans to promote public-private partnerships, advance investment opportunities, and emphasize the significance of close cooperation in various sectors. These include strengthening economic, energy, health, climate, and food security. In Vietnam, his discussions will center around increasing trade opportunities, promoting clean energy, and cooperation in semiconductors and supply chains. In the Philippines, Fernandez aims to discuss strategies to enhance the country's economic resilience through diversification of supply chains and other related issues.

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