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Trump’s 'Cost Plus 50' strategy could undermine its own security

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The Trump administration is said to be weighing plans to demand that America’s allies, including Japan and Germany, shoulder the full cost of hosting U.S. forces in their countries and pay a 50 percent premium for the protection they receive.

If the United States goes ahead with this exorbitant demand, it will seriously strain ties with key allies and undermine Washington's global strategy.

The plan is called “Cost Plus 50,” according to U.S. media reports.

As some top policymakers within the administration have expressed skepticism about the idea, it is not clear whether the Cost Plus 50 plan will become official U.S. policy.

Demanding such a steep increase in the financial burden allies bear for hosting U.S. troops would only be viewed as a sign that the United States does not recognize the value of its security alliances.

In recent negotiations between the United States and South Korea over a cost sharing agreement, Seoul had to accept an 8.2 percent increase from the........

© The Asahi Shimbun