Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, in June. Photo: AP

In Japan-South Korea trade war, friendly gestures mean it’s worse than ever

  • Seoul agreed to extend a military intelligence pact and Tokyo said it would review export controls, but the moves mask an intractable dispute over wartime labour compensation
  • Analysts say they are pessimistic that a true detente is near
Topic |   Diplomacy

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, in June. Photo: AP
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South Korean protesters rally against the government’s financing of US troops. Photo: EPA

As the US and South Korea play hardball on defence, will China emerge the winner?

  • Tensions in the US-Korea relationship have flared over rumours of a troop drawdown and mixed messages from Washington
  • This has raised questions about whether Seoul will go looking for security and defence support from other sources, including Beijing
Topic |   South Korea

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South Korean protesters rally against the government’s financing of US troops. Photo: EPA
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