Trump Keeps Quiet as Korea and Japan Feud

  • By Roh Suk-jo

    July 05, 2019 12:10

    Donald Trump

    U.S. President Donald Trump has been conspicuously silent as a spat between Korea and Japan escalates.

    "The U.S. has traditionally stepped in when tensions have become heated between two of Asia's largest economies as they all confront security threats from North Korea and the ever-expanding shadow of China's military in the region," Bloomberg wrote Thursday. But the Trump "administration has been conspicuously absent when his Asian allies bicker."

    Trump visited Korea late last month after attending the G20 Summit in Osaka but made no remarks to ease the conflict triggered by Korean court rulings ordering Japanese companies to compensate victims of wartime forced labor late last year.

    "This is starting down the road toward economic warfare, and it's very dangerous," Bloomberg quoted Daniel Sneider of Stanford University as commenting.

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