The joint military exercise was staged as scheduled

The crown has intensified, and the signs of easing relations between Korea and South Korea have just begun. The 74 members of the Republic of Korea called for a delay, and North Korea condemns it again.

Some commentators said that the regular summer joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea in August “has 10000 reasons not to hold”.

However, today, the joint military exercise was staged as scheduled.

Although the scale was forced to be reduced and there was no outdoor training, it was mainly carried out in the form of computer simulation, the “posture” of the military exercise was still not small: from October 10 to 13, it was a rehearsal “crisis management staff training”; 16 to 26 will be a 10 day “joint command post exercise”.

On the eve of the military exercise, there was a small “episode” made by South Korean Pro US politicians, accusing China of opposing the US ROK joint military exercise and claiming that “China, as a third party, cannot be tolerated to dictate whether to hold the military exercise”.

So why did the United States and South Korea insist on holding this joint military exercise? What negative effects will military exercises have? Why did China clearly express its opposition to the military exercise? With these questions, bu Yidao interviewed Yang Xiyu, a researcher at the China Academy of international studies.


Bu Yidao: at present, the US ROK military exercise is considered to have many “reasons” to postpone or even cancel, but why did it insist on being staged as scheduled?

Yang Xiyu: at present, there are indeed many factors that show that the US ROK military exercise should not be held. In particular, the recent improvement of North-South relations on the peninsula is a signal that can bring positive changes to the security situation of South Korea.

Logically speaking, South Korea should not be very active on the issue of military exercises. In fact, there are indeed opposition voices in South Korea. 74 members of the pan ruling party circle in South Korea called for the postponement of the military exercise on the 5th.

But why has the negative decision to hold military exercises been made?

Because the decisive factor is the United States. In fact, this also exposes the essential attribute of the US ROK military exercise, which is an indispensable pressure tool in the US toolbox for North Korea.

The US side has stated on more than one occasion that all options for the DPRK policy are on the table, including, of course, pressure tools. In this sense, the military exercises of the United States and South Korea on the Korean Peninsula have never been military exercises in a general sense, but military exercises with special political attributes in a specific geopolitical environment.

The same is true of the current military exercise. Although it is a routine exercise in terms of projects, it is an obvious political measure to put pressure on the DPRK.

This is also why North Korea reacted strongly to the US ROK military exercises.

In the past, the United States and South Korea conducted obviously offensive military exercises and even practiced “beheading” against the DPRK, which is of course severely condemned by the DPRK. However, the DPRK is also strongly opposed to the US and South Korea engaging in defensive and even virtual exercises. The reason is that the “threat” of us South Korean military exercises mainly lies not in the content, but in the nature.

This is also a point that the international community must pay attention to when observing the US ROK military exercises.

This essence determines that no matter which political party in the United States comes to power, no matter what the trend of the situation on the peninsula is, and whether Seoul hesitates or even opposes, Washington will insist on carrying out the military exercises. The starting point of the US side is not to take care of South Korea’s security concerns, but not to lose this tool of pressure on North Korea.