It is axiomatic among diplomats that bilateral engagement is far easier than multilateral diplomacy, even among three nations. Yet for at least 20 years, the United States has consistently supported trilateral talks among officials from Washington, Seoul, and Tokyo. And for 20 years, countless policy coordination meetings, consultations, and simulations, have been useful but devoid of obvious security impact.
PacNet #59 – Testing Trilaterism
December 7, 2010