Between US, China South Korea at a Critical Diplomatic Juncture
4 JUNE 2014
Washington and Beijing are putting pressure on Seoul over the same diplomatic issues.
Specifically, the issues refer to the missile defense system of South Korea and the resumption of the six-party talks. The United States is seeking to deploy its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) program to Korea while China is asserting that the THAAD can be brought into Korea only at the sacrifice of the Korea-China relations. Both have different stances over the six-party talks as well, decreasing the number of options Seoul can choose from.
The Korean government is in no position to take sides. Accepting the demand of the U.S., which is the greatest ally, could result in opposition from the number one export destination larger than the U.S. and Japan combined.
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