Turnbull’s policy towards North Korea crucially ignores South Korea | Jiyoung Song

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So far, South Korea doesn’t feature in Turnbull’s foreign policy. Collaborating with Seoul would be a more constructive and nuanced approach

In Malcolm Turnbull’s speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore last weekend, he mentioned “Korea” three times in different contexts. At the beginning of his speech, it was: “Unlike the North Atlantic, there was nowhere in this region where regional defence leaders and strategists could convene and talk frankly about latent security tensions that are now palpable on the Korean peninsula, in the East and South China seas and further afield.”

Second, in stressing China’s role over North Korea, Turnbull urged China “to use its great leverage and the responsibility with which it comes to curb the unlawful, reckless and dangerous conduct of North Korea” – as if North Korea is a tribute state to the Middle Kingdom China.

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