US President Donald Trump unveiled his Afghan policy on August 21, 2017, announcing to ramp up the war effort in Afghanistan. The policy seems to be a compromise between Trump (who wanted complete withdrawal) and his generals (who wanted to ramp up the war effort).
The outlines of the Trump administration’s policy toward China and the South China Sea are emerging from a fog of confusing and contradictory statements and actions. It is beginning to look more or less like a continuation of that of the Obama administration, with some new twists.
Former PM Lee Hae-chan have been given presidential orders by Moon Jae-in to conduct diplomacy with China, and media industry tycoon Hong Seok-hyun has been dispatched to the US to have a dialogue with US officials about the Korean Peninsula crisis.
After nearly six months of seeing giant shifts in one direction and then the other in Donald Trump’s Taiwan policy, many observers are wondering what is to come next. There are plenty of good reasons to believe that Trump wants to keep the status quo.
With nuclear tension escalating in the Korean Peninsula, it is anticipated that South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in will foster warmer ties with North Korea. There is possibility of peace and stability if Moon is able to translate his intentions into reality.
Judging from Trump’s focus on making deals and building up US military forces to facilitate negotiations, he espouses a realist view of the world. He is not an idealist. He puts little stock in promoting lofty principles.
On May 9, 2017, South Koreans overwhelmingly selected Moon Jae-in as their next leader. What are the implications for the Korean Peninsula crisis and the region? Of greater concern to voters were their perceptions of the need to regulate the private sector conglomerates.
The Trump administration in its first 100 days has indicated its obligations to its network of allies and friends by focusing on mitigating or resolving the nuclear crisis in North Korea. The US is also working with China in contributing to the resolution of the standoff.