10:02 Deterioration of South Korea-Japan relations affects trilateral development, US State Department says Washington will strengthen cooperation



A recent research report by the US Congress pointed out that the relationship between South Korea and Japan has fallen to a low point in decades, affecting the trilateral relationship between the United States, Japan and South Korea. In response, the US State Department stated that Washington will strengthen bilateral relations between South Korea and Japan. The picture shows South Korea's Dokdo (called Takeshima in Japan).  (Photo by Reuters)

A recent research report by the US Congress pointed out that the relationship between South Korea and Japan has fallen to a low point in decades, affecting the trilateral relationship between the United States, Japan and South Korea. In response, the US State Department stated that Washington will strengthen bilateral relations between South Korea and Japan. The picture shows South Korea’s Dokdo (called Takeshima in Japan). (Photo by Reuters)

2021/02/13 10:02

[Real-time news/comprehensive report]South Korea released a two-year “National Defense White Paper” on the 2nd, adjusting Japan to a “neighboring country”, causing the relationship between the two sides to deteriorate again. The US Congress also pointed out that the relationship between South Korea and Japan has dropped to several tens This year’s low point will have an impact on the trilateral relations between the United States, Japan, and South Korea. In this regard, officials from the US State Department recently stated that “I regret the current tension between South Korea and Japan.” Washington will seek opportunities to strengthen bilateral relations between South Korea and Japan.

According to comprehensive foreign media reports, South Korea’s Ministry of Defense announced a new version of the “National Defense White Paper” on the 2nd. In the relationship between South Korea and Japan, the previous “partner” was reduced to a “neighboring country.” After China’s relations, it reflects the cooling of South Korea-Japan relations. The 2020 South Korean “National Defense White Paper” described Japan as, “For the peace and prosperity of Northeast Asia and the international community, South Korea and Japan, as neighboring countries, should maintain cooperation.”

However, in South Korea’s 2018 National Defense White Paper, South Korea wrote that “South Korea and Japan are close neighbors and partners, both geographically and culturally, and must cooperate to promote world peace and prosperity.” This change in rhetoric comes from Regarding the historical issues between the two sides in recent years, the South Korean defense white paper mentioned the Japanese leader’s claim on Dokdo (called Takeshima in Japan), and also mentioned the export restrictions imposed by Japan in July 2019. These have become possible in the eyes of South Korea. What hinders the development of future relationships.

In response to the deterioration of the relationship between South Korea and Japan, according to a report by the Voice of America on the 12th, a US State Department official said recently that he “regrets the current tension between South Korea and Japan.” He pointed out that the Biden administration should not only strengthen the relationship between the United States and its allies, but also Strengthening the relationship between allies and allies, and Japan and South Korea are the top priorities. In this regard, he said that the United States will look for opportunities to strengthen bilateral cooperation and hinted that Washington intends to allow South Korea and Japan to improve bilateral relations.

The official said that deepening cooperation will help Washington and its allies face North Korea’s challenges, and will also help strengthen response capabilities in other areas, including the epidemic, climate change, and threats to cyberspace. In a recent report by the Congressional Research Service, it also assessed that the bilateral relationship between South Korea and Japan has fallen to its lowest point in decades, which will affect the “trilateral relationship” of the United States, Japan, and South Korea.



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