The US would like to use South Korea against China in the way it is using Ukraine to fight Russia.
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The one thing that can be said with absolute certainty about the historic first meeting between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in is that it took place despite Donald Trump’s policies towards North Korea, not because of them.
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North Korea may not have won any Olympic medals in Pyeongchang, but it took gold for diplomacy.
The following article by Jude Woodward, about South Korea’s election on 9 May, was originally published by New Cold War.org.
A significant initial impact of the crisis that Trump has whipped up over North Korea was to push security issues up the agenda in South Korean politics, aiding the US in speeding up the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) and boosting the poll ratings of the more pro-US candidate in the Presidential elections due on May. But Trump’s more recent statements about this key US Northeast Asian ally have been so casually insulting that they have led to an upsurge in anti-US sentiment as the elections draw closer.