Macron Defends Rules-Based Pacific Order, Five Stars Call for New Elections
During a visit to Sydney, French president Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to work with the largest democracies in the region — Australia, India, Japan and the United States — to “balance” Chinese power and protect “rule-based development” in Asia.
“It’s important… not to have any hegemony in the region,” he said.
Australia has eyed accommodation with China since Donald Trump withdrew from the Trans Pacific Partnership in 2017. But Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking alongside Macron, insisted his country is still committed to preserving a rules-based order.
France is a Pacific power. It has around one million citizens in the region. Read more
Don’t Risk War with North Korea, Experts Warn
American president Donald Trump’s advisors have floated the possibility of what they call a “bloody nose” attack on North Korea.
The Wall Street Journal reports that officials are “quietly debating whether it’s possible to mount a limited military strike against North Korean sites without igniting an all-out war on the Korean Peninsula.”
Why America Should Rethink Its Alliance with South Korea
America should rethink its alliance with South Korea, writes Adam Garfinkle in The American Interest. Read more
Retired Military Chiefs Caution Trump Against North Korea Strike
The Financial Times quotes four retired American military officials cautioning President Donald Trump against attacking North Korea. Read more
Canceling South Korean Trade Deal Would Be a Mistake
Various American media report this weekend that President Donald Trump is thinking of canceling a trade agreement with South Korea.
This may be bluster: an attempt to force the South Koreans to make concessions. It’s the way Trump “negotiates”.
But if he makes good on this threat, it would be another self-inflicted wound for American commerce and a setback for America’s strategy in East Asia. Read more
North Korea in the Next Five Years
The Korean War, fought from 1950-53, was a result of two earlier wars in the 1940s: the American-Japanese War, which ended with the destruction and occupation of Japan in 1945, and the Chinese Civil War, which ended in a Communist victory (and Nationalist retreat to Taiwan) in 1950.
With the Communists and Americans as the only powers in East Asia following these wars, the Korean Peninsula was split in two, each side taking a piece for itself. Read more
Time Looks Ripe for Japan-NATO Cooperation
Strategic thinkers have proposed closer cooperation between Japan and NATO for more than a decade. The circumstances are now such that this could become a reality. Read more