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Toward stronger US security ties with Seoul, Tokyo

A new study focuses on six areas for trilateral collaboration that move beyond traditional security issues

At a time when US President Joe Biden’s administration is seeking to restore faith in alliances and show resolve, the potential for security cooperation between Japan and South Korea is dimmed by the continuing primacy of disputes over history.

Aggravating this problem is an ever-widening gap between Japan and South Korea with respect to China. At the two mid-March “2+2” meetings held in Tokyo and Seoul, these differences were on full display. Japan directly raised multiple concerns; South Korea, by contrast, did all it could to avoid estranging Beijing.

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