America’s key role as an Asian anchor is tested by Japan and South Korea relations

American B-52 bombers flew through China’s new air defence identification zone (photo:dpa)
American B-52 bombers flew through China’s new air defence identification zone (photo:dpa)

America’s role as an Asian power relies on its partnerships with South Korea and Japan. But this cornerstone is being tested by worsening relations between its allies, South Korea and Japan, which both have new leaders. China may use this opportunity to extend its territorial claims and undermine the US commitment to its Asian ‘pivot’.

<i>Strong bilateral relations with Japan and South Korea are key to US strategy to maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. The complex three-way partnership is under strain as leaders in Seoul and Tokyo grapple over historical issues and public animosity. Hostile actions by North Korea are the most likely factor to temper relation...

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