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ROK reluctant to deepen security cooperation with U.S., Japan out of deference to China

Asahi took up the disclosure by several sources involved in U.S.-South Korea relations that the venue for a meeting of top brass from the U.S., Japan, and South Korea held in late October was changed to Hawaii from Seoul due to opposition by the Moon administration, which was told by the Chinese that the ROK government should not deepen military cooperation with Washington and Tokyo if it wants to improve ties with Beijing. The daily speculated that the Moon administration elected to avoid hosting the session attended by JCS Chairman Dunford and his two counterparts out of deference to China. Seoul was also hesitant about proposed trilateral naval training involving three U.S. aircraft carriers earlier this month.  

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