Originally Posted by lefthook00
South Korea is like the Israel of Asia. I think it's more about the US using SK as a hub to keep an eye on China and Asia, and somewhat about keeping Chinese influence out of SK. NK is a nice buffer between SK and China. Because NK exists, the US still has a reason to keep a shitload of troops/bases in SK. If SK takes over NK, or if they merge, Korea will most definitely seek military independence from the US, and the US will lose their main military hub in East Asia. There will also be no buffer between China and SK anymore. Korea will also become much more powerful, NK is actually a lot bigger than SK. I think the #1 thing that the US is worried about is Korea, Japan, and China creating a "big 3" axis power. Although these countries have a rocky history, it would be fairly easy for them to form an economic/militaristic triad with NK out of the way or assimilated. The US would be in a looooooot of trouble if this were to happen. Just my take on it.
well, i agree the *real* military force in asia is actually china. the chinese already have the power to engage in serious sh!t with anyone. but i just don't see any type of military conflict happening between the US and china. at least probably not in my lifetime. both sides are too invested into each other and got way too much to lose if either side does anything dumb. it's like a bad marriage. both parties are not in love with each other, but they can't just separate neither so they'll just have to put up with each other and grumble how much they are sick of each other.