The National Security Winners and Losers from Singapore Summit

China is pleased.

The Kim-Trump pledge is essentially China’s (and Russia’s) proposal of a freeze in testing in exchange for a freeze in U.S.-South Korea military exercises from six months ago, though that was rightly rejected at the time because it meant giving up something hard to resume in exchange for something the North could reverse without symmetrical consequence.

Without having put any of its own cards on the table, China gets more stability on the Peninsula, a freer hand to prop up Kim if it so chooses, a projected weakening of U.S. military readiness and staying power in Northeast Asia, and a reduction in a core-element of U.S.-South Korean security cooperation.

Source: The National Security Winners and Losers from Singapore Summit

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