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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South Koreans protest outside the Defence Ministry in Seoul on Friday. Photo: AFP

Donald Trump is threatening South Korea, but US military commitments to long-time allies are considered safe

  • To curb in the growing influence of China and Russia, Washington needs its strategically located old friends, analysts note
  • ‘The US foreign policy establishment no doubt understands the importance of its alliance systems in Europe and Asia,’ regardless of the president’s rhetoric
Topic |   Diplomacy

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South Koreans protest outside the Defence Ministry in Seoul on Friday. Photo: AFP
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