Saturday 27 May 2017

Tough-talking Trump tries to twist China's arm in bid to de-escalate Korean missile stand-off

South Korean marines participate in a landing operation referred to as Foal Eagle in a joint military exercise with US troops on the Pohang seashore on Sunday. Photo: Getty
South Korean marines participate in a landing operation referred to as Foal Eagle in a joint military exercise with US troops on the Pohang seashore on Sunday. Photo: Getty
Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

An old Korean proverb - 'When whales fight the shrimp's back is broken' - has been rolled out more than once in Seoul over the past 48 hours.

The two whales meet later this week when Donald Trump's US administration hosts a Chinese delegation led by President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Meanwhile, the 'shrimp' increasingly feeling the squeeze is South Korea itself, and its 50 million inhabitants.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Don't Miss