Donald Trump aboard the USS Wasp at in Japan this year. Photo: Reuters

Is Donald Trump’s threat to quit Japan defence pact just a negotiating tactic?

  • Security analysts sceptical that US president would really pull plug on long-standing alliance and suggest it may be a ploy to extract concessions from Tokyo
  • Freeing Japan from constraints imposed after World War II risks alarming China and triggering arms race in region
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Donald Trump aboard the USS Wasp at in Japan this year. Photo: Reuters
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