When North Korea rattles its saber too loudly, like a good ally the United States sends F35 fighters and B1 bombers over the peninsula to reassure South Korea.
But when adversaries use economic bullying of American allies they are on their own. China has used this tactic against South Korea since Seoul agreed to install a THAAD missile defense system a year ago. The Lotte group that provided the land for the missile batteries has since shuttered stores in China after being hit with so-called ‘fire safety’ violations. Lotte recently announced it may sell all its stores in China.