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US unilateralism may be pushing Japan and South Korea into the open arms of China

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When it comes to eroding the United States’ influence on the global stage, China is making leaps and bounds toward this end.

Not only is China heavily investing in parts of Africa, the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific region with a view of establishing its Silk Road Project, but there are indications that China is making progress converting some key US allies in the Asian continent into some genuine economic allies of Beijing.

China and Japan are the world’s second and third largest economies in the world. South Korea trails a bit further behind at number 12, but in the grand scheme of things, the Southeast Asian nation is still a major economic piece of the Asian economy. Together, the three nations account for over 20 percent of the global economy – no small feat.

To date, the US has sat and watched as a successful divide and conquer strategy has essentially curtailed any meaningful development between the three countries, who are always finding ways to be at odds with each other. Even Japan and South Korea, who in recent history’s totality have shared a strong alliance with the United States, a strong disdain for the ‘threat’ that North Korea poses, as well as a deep need to push back against China, seem to struggle to find common ground in various ways.

According to a fairly recent poll, nearly half of South Korea’s population would back the North in a war with Japan, while forty percent responded in the survey that they “have no idea.” Only 15.1 percent of South Korea thinks backing Japan against North Korea is an idea worth implementing. 61 percent of those........

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