It’s a pity that the parties refuse to realize that the ongoing game of military buildup will worsen the security situation in the region ...
The US continues to raise tensions in the region even though the DPRK and the ROK are technically still at war, as the Korean War (195053) ended with an armistice agreement, not a peace treaty. In May, the Pentagon endorsed a plan, the Asia Pacific Stability Initiative, to invest $7.5 billion to strengthen US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region over the next five years. The plan, if approved, would translate into an extra annual spending of $1.5 billion for the region from 2018 to 2022.
The initiative “could enhance US military power through targeted funding to realign our force posture in the region, improve operationally relevant infrastructure, fund additional exercises, pre-position equipment and build capacity with our allies and partners”, said US Senator John McCain, who proposed the initiative earlier this year as a long-term plan to counterbalance China’s growing capabilities. The plan has gained increasing support among US lawmakers amid the intensifying concerns over the DPRK.
It’s a pity that the parties refuse to realize that the ongoing game of military buildup will worsen the security situation in the region, instead of defusing tensions.