Ending war games suits China, cuts US leverage, say analysts

America will "save a fortune" by discontinuing military exercises with its ally South Korea, President Donald Trump tweeted soon after arriving home yesterday.

But analysts in the United States and across North-east Asia see the suspension as a gift to China and a premature giveaway of US leverage.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2018, with the headline 'Ending war games suits China, cuts US leverage, say analysts'. Print Edition | Subscribe