The Republic of Korea (ROK) and 12 Pacific Island Countries (PICs) opted to step-up their relations after the fifth meeting of their respective Ministers of Foreign Affairs that was held in Busan, ROK, last October. This was the first face-to-face meeting since 2021. The decision to step-up ties came 11 years after the first ministerial meeting was held in 2011 and 27 years after ROK became a Dialogue Partner for the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in . . .