by Xinhua writer Zhu Dongyang
BEIJING, May 9 (Xinhua) -- South Korea is going to elect a new president after Tuesday's election. Amid increasing tension on the Korean Peninsula and decreasing trust from its neighbors, Seoul is more than ready for a positive leadership that underlines a comeback to the previous pro-peace policy towards Pyongyang.
Whoever the new Blue House host will be, he or she should learn from the misjudgements of former President Park Geun-hye, whose scandal-ridden term ended in disgrace over her corruption charges, and reflect on the controversial decision to let in the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which has placed national security in jeopardy and soured relations with major neighbors.
It is a relief to see the promise of Moon Jae-in, the front-runner from the main opposition Democratic Party, to resume the "Sunshine Policy" of engagement with Pyongyang. The policy, pursued by his mentor and ex-President Roh Moo-hyun earlier this century, had once enabled the North-South rapprochement and secured regional peace and prosperity then.
Besides improving the national economy, the top priority of the new South Korean president, therefore, is to cool down the current tensions on the peninsula with concrete measures, and draft up a way out of the country's diplomatic deadlock in Northeast Asia.
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PacificSentinel: The amount of Chinese Propaganda in this story is incredible, this has nothing to do with South Korea's security, or North/South relations, and everything to do with CHINA, "your actions hurt us, so stop it" is what their saying here.