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 ...

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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.

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