Are the US - South Korean war games a good idea?
The US and South Korea have begun a major military exercise in the Sea of Japan, despite threats of retaliation from North Korea. What is your reaction?
The navy and air force manoeuvres involve 20 ships, 200 planes and 8,000 US and South Korean personnel.
Washington and Seoul say the war games are to deter a North Korean aggression. But North Korea called the exercises reckless and threatened to use nuclear weapons in response. China has also criticised the war games and warned against any action which might "exacerbate regional tensions".
Tensions between the two Koreas have been high since the sinking of a South Korean warship in March. An international investigation said the ship was sunk by a North Korean torpedo, a claim strongly denied by North Korea.
Are the exercises a good idea? Is China right to criticise the plans? What should the international community do? How should the US and South Korea react to the North Korean threat?
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