Any discussion with China about a long-term strategy for Korea must be couched in deep coordination among the allies, South Korea and Japan. Indeed, all eyes will be on the new South Korean President Park Geun-hye as she lays out her vision to President Obama when they meet next month.
Her brain trust has talked about quietly reaching out to change Beijing's view of its strategic equities on the peninsula. This argument will be more persuasive only if it is grounded in unprecedented levels of U.S.-Japan-South Korea cooperation on missile defense, intelligence sharing, military exercises,and missile defense collaboration in response to the North Korean threat.
The allies are key to deterring the North and motivating China -- and to our longer-term position in the region beyond this North Korean footnote in world history.
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