Protection Secretary Mark Esper speaks at a joint press convention after the 51st Safety Consultative Assembly (SCM) with South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo on the Defence Ministry in Seoul on November 15, 2019.
Jung Yeon-je | Reuters
It seems President Donald Trump’s long-running demand that NATO nations pay extra for their very own protection is not nearly Europe. Now, the administration is stepping up its efforts to get Asian nations to cough up extra too.
The particular Asian nation within the highlight is South Korea. U.S. Protection Secretary Mark Esper used his present journey there to pressure Seoul into paying more for the massive U.S. military presence there. Based on one South Korean lawmaker Esper needs way more, as in 5 occasions extra or $5 billion yearly.
That appears like an enormous mark-up. However let’s face it, defending the free world is not low-cost. A giant motive why is the nations that are not a part of the free world, like China, are spending record amounts on defense as…