Essay about Multilateral Security System for Northeast Asia

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The Northeast Asian (NEA) countries have remained unconnected for decades without having a formal multi-lateral security cooperation mechanism to pursue their common interests. One of the major reasons for why NEA cannot seem to form a unifying security system is because of the conflicting interest of each of the member countries. Each member country wants to protect their own interests and is not ready to compromise on the ground of finding a common ground to solve regional security issues.
Regional security interests of NEA member countries China, being an emerging global power in the East Asian region wants to maintain its stable position and continuously enhances its military capacities to protrude as a strong nation. China has
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The recent bombing on South Korea has indeed proved that the North Koreans are determined to destroy the South Koreans with an excuse that the North Koreans feel ‘threatened by South Korea’. North Korea has remained in isolation for a long period now and have heavy economic sanctions imposed upon them. The North Korean desperately wants these sanctions to be removed, but at the same time they are not willing to give up their nuclear power which U.S. sees as a major threat to the world. North Korea shares a good relationship with China but even China has recently criticized the bombing attacks on South Korea.
Why a formal mechanism required and what are the pros and cons? Although Northeast Asian countries are members of multilateral organizations such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and ASEAN plus Three (China, Japan, and South Korea), they lack a formal association of their own which could unite the Northeast Asian countries under one roof. They would benefit greatly from a multilateral security system but there may also be some complications in maintaining the security system.
1. Foster a greater relationship between North Korea and South Korea.
Advantage
The hostile relationship between both the Korean nations could be improved. China could act as a mediator between South Korea and North Korea by chairing regular conferences and meetings to discuss and try to solve the problems that have been a

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