US National Security Adviser John Bolton (left) and South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo meet in Seoul last month. Photo: Reuters

US missiles, jittery neighbours and South Korea’s big security dilemma

  • Can Seoul find a way out of its political dead end, caught between two powers and increasingly unfriendly neighbours?
  • South Korea is in danger of being caught in the so-called alliance security dilemma
Topic |   US-China relations

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US National Security Adviser John Bolton (left) and South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo meet in Seoul last month. Photo: Reuters
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during a meeting with his senior aides at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Monday. Photo: AP

South Korea begins war games with US, plans drills on Dokdo Islands amid Japan trade spat

  • The war games with Washington come days after North Korea tested a series of short-range projectiles, calling them a ‘solemn warning’ to Seoul
  • South Korea is also considering going ahead with annual maritime exercises near a set of disputed islands that risk adding to trade tensions with Tokyo
Topic |   South Korea

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during a meeting with his senior aides at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Monday. Photo: AP
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