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KGxvi11/19/2019 12:32:37 pm PST

re: #15 Belafon

We were the indespensible nation when the opponent was an aggressive Soviet Union. China knows that’s not how you play it. The US model was to convince others that it was in their interest to have the same interests as the US.

The negotiators are trying Trump’s method of negotiating, but failed to take into account that there are other possible partners. This could end up costing the US defense industry, as South Korea buys from us as part of the deal of US being there.

Not only does it hurt the US defense industry, there’s larger stakes.

The US-Japanese-South Korean alliance is a cornerstone in containing Chinese aggression in the region. Allowing South Korean to move closer to China damages that alliance, strains the relationship between South Korea and Japan. It also signals to Japan that the US can’t be trusted as an ally and that they have to consider strengthening their military (something that nobody in the region wants, given history).

And that’s before we even get to the global economic implications where China now has a new potential trading partner and gains even more power to determine the economics of this next century.