Yoon stresses the importance of liberal democracy as he visits Samsung’s chip factory with Biden l KBS WORLD

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During a visit to a chip factory with US President Joe Biden, President Yoon Suk Yeol reportedly said that a free environment and creativity are essential for high-tech industries to thrive and that they cannot exist without a liberal democratic system.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, a presidential office official echoed Yoon’s remarks during a visit to a Samsung semiconductor factory in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi province on Friday.

Yoon told Biden that the facility was the site of an industrial and technological alliance between South Korea and the United States and that semiconductors were key to that alliance. Biden reportedly agreed with Yoon’s remarks.

Arriving in Seoul on Friday afternoon, the US leader chose to visit a chip factory as his first destination, instead of a military base. Yoon and Biden reaffirmed their determination to develop the alliance not only militarily, but also on the economic security front.

Samsung Electronics Vice President Lee Jae-yong led the tour of the compound and US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo was also present.

After visiting the three-nanometer chip production plant, the two leaders highlighted the bilateral partnership ties on semiconductors.