New South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol used his inauguration speech Tuesday to advocate for his country playing a larger role in the system of liberal democracies, deploying language similar to that used by Washington when it set out its vision for the Indo-Pacific region.

The pledge could put him on a collision course with China as Beijing’s rivalry with Washington heats up and Yoon looks to cement security ties with South Korea’s ally the United States.

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