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As Seoul loses faith in Trump’s approach on North Korea, China is poised to step in

As 2019 draws to a close, unease is growing in South Korea over US methods in dealing with North Korea, which has threatened a possible missile launch or nuclear test referred to by officials as a “Christmas surprise”.

Scepticism has deepened over Washington’s ultimate aims for the Korean peninsula, given the pressure on Seoul to buy more US arms and increase its share of costs to keep 28,500 American troops stationed in South Korea.

The South is already Washington’s fourth-biggest weapons market, spending US$6.23 billion between 2009 and 2018, and recently deployed a fleet of US F-35A stealth fighter jets, a move condemned by Pyongyang as a breach of last year’s inter-Korean summit agreement.

“Concerns are growing that President Donald Trump might let tension mount on the Korean peninsula in coming months while pushing South Korea to drastically increase its share of the defence burden as his success with Seoul will help him do the same with Japan and Germany as well,” said Yang Moo-jin from the University of North Korean Studies.

Cheong Seong-chang, a senior researcher at the Sejong Institute in Seoul, said North Korea’s denuclearisation would be unattainable without China’s “active role”.
“Given the US-North Korea talks are at an impasse, it is now necessary to expand the bilateral forum to four-party talks involving the two Koreas and their two most important allies, the US and China”, Cheong said, adding that efforts were being made for Xi to visit Seoul next year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump's US foreign policy trajectory, may well have the world deeply concerned about the possibility of more missile, and nuclear missile manufacturing by North Korea.

The four party talks might be the only answer to a potential expansion of North Korea's offensive missile capabilities; it would be a wonderful moment, if President Xi can make this happen, and President Trump actually becomes a part of this process, although it will be a "hard sell" to his base, in this coming election year.