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South Korea agrees to 13.9% increase in its share of cost for U.S. troops

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Step right up folks step right up has Uncle Sam got a deal for you...

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Wow! America has learned a lot from Trump.

The Art Of The Deal for sure! ; ^ 0

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Interesting... I feel like the US should be paying the hosting nation for allowing their army to be stationed there.

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If countries have to pay to have US troops on their soil, then surely the US troops should be treated as mercenaries under local command.

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Wow! America has learned a lot from Trump.

Thanks for the laugh. Trump is literally the worst negotiator ever. He got nothing, and yet Biden gets a a deal done in

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(pardon) less than 100 days.

Rule 1: Don’t be a jerk, especially not right out of the blocks.

Rule 2: Don’t make threats you cannot back up. It destroys your credibility.

Rule 3: Have at least a shred of supporting evidence to back your claims.

Don didn’t understand any of these (or any other principle of negotiation). That’s why NATO, Japan and S. korea invited him to perform an anatomically impossible act.

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Quote ''28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea to help defend it against North Korea. The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.''

S. Korea is not part of Quad Alliance.

They don't have to lift a finger.

They will not balance China.

The only time S. Korea will fight, intervene is against another attack from N. Korea. Thats the only conflict they are willing to participate.... If they get attacked.

They expect full support from USA and Japan, but won't do the same in return.

UK is thinking about joining Quad, they live at the other side of the world, but they are willing to join and help. while S. Korea is in Japan's backyard but refuses to join.

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Time to spend large on defense when thy neighbor is threatening and is a bully pushing it's weight around the area, good to know S.K stepping up, if only to defend itself.

Japan, Taiwan, Phillipines , Thailand and all other Asian / Pacific nations need to follow and step up to sit the bully ( China ) on its R,s

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@Hellow Kitty 321

If countries have to pay to have US troops on their soil, then surely the US troops should be treated as mercenaries under local command.

That's the exact arrangement between the US and the ROK, that the ROK will have wartime command and the US troops will accept the command of the ROK chief of staff.

Sadly, no such arrangement exists between the US and Japan.

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That's about the same per person as Japan pays. The only difference is that Japan has better food and not everyone hates them.

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Over 33k Americans gave their lives defending SK back in the 1950s. How much is your life worth? People can criticize and talk about the money but SK knows for SURE that without the U.S presence, Kim Jong-un would be their dictator too. There would be no S with that K and BTS and Korean dramas would not exist. NK would be that much closer to Japan and those missiles would get here that much faster. Show respect and appreciation and try to understand history and geopolitical matters!

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That's the exact arrangement between the US and the ROK, that the ROK will have wartime command and the US troops will accept the command of the ROK chief of staff.

There were discussions to this end but no agreement was ever reached.

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Japan, Taiwan, Phillipines , Thailand and all other Asian / Pacific nations need to follow and step up to sit the bully ( China ) on its R,s

Thailand is a dictatorship and a Chinese military client. They won't oppose China. Philippines is not friendly towards the US and to a lesser extent Australia and their current President looks to China for money for development and for Chinese tourist dollars. Taiwan needs the US to sell them the hardware they think they need to defend themselves instead of Washington always trimming back their requests so as not to offend PRC.

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Biden should be bringing the troops home instead of fortifying the military industrial complex for his neo-con war agenda.

Sounds like Green Party boilerplate, lol. Did you go far left on us? Defending South Korea has been bedrock US policy since the end of WWII. It has nothing to do with any "neo con war agenda" or "fortifying the military industrial complex". But it is fun to see a far right winger spouting stuff that sounds like far left talking points.

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Sounds like Green Party boilerplate, lol. Did you go far left on us?

Nah, but the far right has stopped being a party of political ideology, and simply takes the opposite stance to anything the other team does. Their actions are not determined by their own ideology, but rather determined in response to the left's ideology, whatever it is. When they cannot do this, they instead switch to culture wars "how dare companies decide to make their own potato toy genderless, and a publishing company decide to stop publishing some of their books! This self-determination threatens our culture!"

It seems though that the Americans are starting to see the God's Obstrution Party for what it is. Hypocrisy can only be explained away for so long. The morons who supported their Dear Moron's lies and falsehoods, giving him the confidence to start an insurrection, pushed all but the most insane to see their hypocrisy for what it is.

The only question left isn't whether the God's Obstrution Party can ever regain power (they haven't won a popular vote since the '80s), it's whether or not the damage they've already wrought, and the supreme court justices they've planted, have already caused so much damage that the country will never be able to recover to it's days of halcyon.

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