South Korea has extended its air defence zone on Sunday, following a similar move by China last month. It's the lastest twist in a territorial dispute between South Korea, China and Japan, centered on a number of uninhabited islands.
A deal to set up a long-sought hotline between China and Japan has been welcomed as a step forward, but as China prepares to mark 80 years since the Nanjing Massacre, analysts warn tensions will not disappear overnight.
The US, South Korea and Japan have started joint exercises to track missiles from North Korea, Seoul's military has said. The two-day drills come just weeks after Pyongyang launched its most advanced missile to date.
Tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and discord over the THAAD missile defense system are set to dominate the agenda when South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week.
Donald Trump's first official visit to South Korea is an indicator of how the decades-old alliance between Washington and Seoul will shape up in the near future. The US leader sharply divides public opinion in the South.
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