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Japan-South Korean tensions threaten regional security

Populism-tinged policies damage defense cooperation with the U.S. and benefit China

| South Korea
Mistrust between Japan and South Korea will not go away soon.   © Reuters

Growing tensions between Japan and South Korea are poisoning relations between two countries that should be partners in a world of rising political risks.

Their disputes are starting to threaten the cornerstone of security in Northeast Asia -- the U.S.-led trilateral system on which both Seoul and Tokyo rely.

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