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Hanwha chairman at vanguard of Korea’s business ties with USBy Son Ji-hyoung
Published : June 28, 2017 - 16:12
Kim’s ties with leading business figures in the US, including Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner, has made him one of the rare South Korean business representatives who is able to bridge the differences between the two new administrations and seek mutual benefits.
Feulner was appointed as chair of Trump’s transition team in August last year.
A week after Feulner returned to the chief position of the Washington-based conservative think tank in May, he visited South Korea and met with Kim to discuss ways to cope with uncertainties surrounding the Korea-US FTA.
Kim’s meeting with Feulner had garnered attention in Korea as it coincided with the nation’s presidential election on May 9 after months of political turmoil. Kim was also invited to Trump’s inauguration ceremony in January at the recommendation of Feulner.
Feulner and the Heritage Foundation, which he co-founded in 1973, have reportedly played a crucial role in crafting Trump’s right-wing agenda, including Trump’s recent decision to withdraw from the Paris climate deal, which Feulner called a “commonsense approach” for Americans.
In March, Kim also met with General Electric Chairman Jeffrey Immelt in Seoul to exchange views on the growth engines of both companies and seek cooperation in the aero engine and gas turbine sector.
By Son Ji-hyoung (email@example.com)
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