Yoon Suk-yeol Wins Presidential Race in South Korea

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    The Facts

    • The conservative opposition candidate Yoon Suk-yeol has been elected South Korean president in an extremely close race against the liberal candidate Lee Jae-myung.

    • His main rival conceded defeat just before 4am Thursday, when he was leading by a margin of 263k votes.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    The elections results could shake up the region. South Korea's next president will likely be rigid on North Korea and China while he improves the relationship with Japan and deepens security cooperation with the US.

    Narrative B

    This is unlikely to have any real effect foreign policy. South Korea was already moving away from China towards the US; Yoon will merely maintain the status quo, just as Lee would have, remaining committed to the US alliance, while continuing to cooperate warily with China.

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