November 21, 2019

Allies' Pragmatism. American Style

The United States is trying to increase the money for the deployment of its troops in Japan and South Korea


Serhiy Polyovyk

The United States is demanding that Japan and South Korea substantially increase their financial payments to compensate for the efforts of US troops in the confrontation with North Korea.

The potential for blackmail is considerable: both, South Korea and Japan see the presence of US soldiers as an element of assurance that the USA is actually ready to protect them in case of war. The reduction or even withdrawal of US troops will most likely have dramatic consequences: if Japan and South Korea can no longer rely on the US nuclear shield, they will have to take care of their own nuclear weapons. Both the countries have enough of the needed for this purpose plutonium and know-hows.

So, even the USA's tried-and-true strategic partners in the Asia-Pacific region, namely Japan and South Korea, have uncertainty about real plans and intentions of the current US administration. The United States' further demonstratively pragmatic and unpardonable policy toward leading countries in the region could spark anti-American sentiments there and encourage their work on own nuclear weapons. Geopolitical consequences of such a potentially exacerbated situation are difficult to predict. The world community will not perceive this process positively. But then, such scenarios obviously are unfavorable to the United States. At least in the medium to longer term. However, the US President continues to adhere to his short-sighted business policy in international politics.

Next year, the presidential election is to take place in the USA, which is seen by politicians, experts and international partners as a possible cessation of unpredictability or even bacchanalia in the actions of the current US leadership. It is believed that geopolitical prospects of the modern world will only benefit from this.

The article is available in Ukrainian