In the Aug. 11 edition, there were several articles related to recent issues affecting the Korean Peninsula. One (“Defense paper to slight Seoul”) focused on the recently deteriorating relations between Japan and South Korea. In the accompanying article (“Trump urges neighbors to ‘get along'”), U.S. President Donald Trump reminds the two countries that “they’re supposed to be allies,” but also adds that “they’ve got to get along because it puts us in a bad position,” revealing that, as usual, his main concern in all matters is to put the U.S. first.

Trump, with his present and previous comments on South Korea and Japan, and his totally fruitless efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal, certainly betrays his ignorance of this region, and of Asia in general.

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