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PacNet #47 – U.S.-Japan-Korea: Creating a Virtual Alliance

December 3, 1999

Much has been written about the U.S.-Japan-China and U.S.-Japan-Russia trilateral relationships and their respective impact on the broader Asia-Pacific security environment. There is, however, another three-way relationship that attracts far less attention but which can have an equally far-reaching impact on regional security. I refer to U.S./Japan relations with the Republic of Korea today and with a unified Korea at some (unpredictable) point in the future.