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Vast Asia ― and US

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?By Arthur I. Cyr

On August 2, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with his counterparts from Japan and South Korea. He is working to mitigate the escalating conflict between the two nations. President Donald Trump continues to impose tariffs on China. Anti-Beijing protests grow in Hong Kong. And territorial disputes are serious throughout the region.

The importance of Asia also continues to grow. Since 1985, total U.S. exports to Asia have been greater than to Europe. That differential is steadily increasing.

In military terms, Japan and South Korea are vital U.S. allies. The nuclear threat from North Korea only reinforces those ties. However, political rhetoric can overshadow vital ties.

The American propensity to focus on immediate developments can distort and distract from the importance of our historical engagements. President Millard Fillmore opened Japan to the outside world in 1854 with a letter of friendship. Commodore Matthew Perry........

© The Korea Times