How China could play a role in a Trump-Kim meeting, CNBC, 13 March 2018

CNBC’s article on the planned meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that China looks content to let President Trump take the lead in the dialogue but both parties may turn to Beijing for help if talks hit a snag. CNBC interviewed analysts for their views on the situation and quoted Yale-NUS Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Political Science) Chin-Hao Huang saying that one possible outcome might result in Beijing accelerating its call for a reduction in the presence of U.S. troops in Japan and South Korea, as well as pressuring Seoul to reconsider the need for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system. Dr Huang was further quoted saying this gradual reduction of US security and military presence in the region could be interpreted as a win for Beijing, but would only occur after US consultation with Japan and South Korea.

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