first_img“While Biden will want to put other issues, including domestic concerns, at the top of his list of priorities, Pyongyang has a way of forcing the United States to pay attention to North Korea.”Waqas Adenwala, Asia analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, agreed.“North Korea often attempts to remain relevant by conducting various missile tests and this will ensure that the issue remains a key foreign policy priority,” he said.The reclusive regime launched missiles early in both the Obama and Trump administrations. Relations between Washington and Pyongyang have seen highs and lows over the past four years.President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exchanged threats and provocations in 2017, but subsequently met twice at bilateral meetings in 2018 and 2019 discuss denuclearization in a bid to roll back tensions. The U.S. offered possible relief from sanctions that the U.N. has imposed on Pyongyang since 2006, but the talks failed to achieve much progress.Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, whose business holds a telecommunications license in North Korea, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble that Biden should continue Trump’s policy to connect with Pyongyang.“I work in North Korea, and I know the mentality. The threats and the bullying and so on, it will not work with them,” he said. “What will work with them is, we reach (out) to them and we test their sincerity of peace.”“It’s not in our interest, as a free world, to have China dominate this part of the world and take North Korea to its side,” he added. Seoul should thus avoid the impression that its alliance policy is: ‘Please protect us while we make peace with Pyongyang and make money with Beijing.’Leif-Eric EasleyProfessor at Ewha University North Korea often attempts to remain relevant by conducting various missile tests and this will ensure that the issue remains a key foreign policy priority.Waqas Adenwala- Advertisement – “The coming weeks may see North Korea conduct a nuclear or long-range ballistic missile test in order to send a strong message to the incoming president,” said Evans Revere, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution. Revere also said the demands being made are widely viewed as “excessive, unfair and unsupported by facts,” and that Trump failed to recognize that the military presence in South Korea — meant to deter North Korea — will be beneficial for the U.S. as well.“I have no doubt that the Biden administration will recognize this and come to a speedy, reasonable agreement with our South Korean allies,” he said.Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said Biden would demand “more modest increases” in military cost-sharing without threatening to withdraw American troops.However, he said a Biden administration would be sensitive to international burden-sharing as it fights the pandemic at home. “Seoul should thus avoid the impression that its alliance policy is: ‘Please protect us while we make peace with Pyongyang and make money with Beijing,’” Easley said. – Advertisement – People watch a television news broadcast showing a file image of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on March 21, 2020.Jung Yeon-je | AFP | Getty Images Sharon Squassoni of George Washington University said Biden would take a principled approach to North Korea that supports “long-standing U.S. security and non-proliferation objectives.”The research professor at GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs added that the North Korea would be a “top foreign policy objective for Biden from the start,” even if Kim doesn’t provoke the U.S. with more missile tests.She said Biden knows “benign neglect” won’t work with North Korea, and will seek to address it.“It may be quieter diplomatically than anything Trump ever did, but I think it will be a priority,” said Squassoni.South Korea and JapanExperts also weighed in on what a Biden presidency would mean for other North Asian countries. Leaders from Japan and South Korea have congratulated Biden, and said they want to work on their alliances with the U.S.Under Trump, the U.S. considered reducing its military presence in South Korea and signaled it wanted South Korea to pay more for troops stationed in the country after a cost-sharing agreement expired in 2019.“It is natural for any U.S. administration to urge Seoul to pay more to underwrite the costs of stationing U.S. forces in Korea,” said Revere, noting that South Korea has already agreed to boost its contributions. “However, the Trump administration has rejected this generous increase and demanded more.”center_img SINGAPORE — North Korea may launch missiles to send a “strong message” to President-elect Joe Biden and ensure Pyongyang continues to be a foreign policy priority in Washington, analysts told CNBC.NBC News on Saturday projected that Biden would win the U.S. presidential election, four days after Election Day. President Donald Trump has not conceded, and has filed multiple lawsuits in swing states amid unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and illegal votes.Experts said Biden’s priority will be to tackle the coronavirus crisis and worries about the U.S. economy, but that North Korea could test weapons to make its presence felt.- Advertisement – President-elect Joe Biden waves to supporters as he leaves the Queen theater after receiving a briefing from the transition Covid-19 advisory board on November 09, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.Joe Raedle | Getty Images News | Getty Images The Economist Intelligence Unit Japanese flag in Tokyo ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan in November 2017.Artur Widak | NurPhoto | Getty Images In Japan, relations are likely to strengthen further, according to Adenwala of the EIU.That’s because Biden will not pursue a “volatile and mercantilist policy” with its allies, he said.Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga do not have the same personal rapport that Trump and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared, but they will likely work together on the basis of “mutual interests such as trade and especially on issues of security, particularly in the face of increasingly assertive policies from China,” Adenwala said.Brookings’ Revere said there has been “considerable unease” in Japan over Trump’s approach to North Korea. He added that Biden would manage North Korea and burden-sharing negotiations well, and “restore confidence in the United States’ handling of bilateral defense and security ties.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – One of most historic seasons in Wisconsin men’s basketball history ended in not-so-great fashion for the Badgers, as they fell to Duke 68-63 in Monday night’s national championship game.The entire game was an absolute battle, as teams traded buckets and blows for 40 minutes.In the first half, neither team could pull away as a six-point scoring margin for Duke was the largest of the period. Duke freshmen forwards Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow both were limited in the first 20 minutes due to foul trouble, but the Blue Devils were able to ride 50 percent shooting in the first half and keep it close.Predictably, in such an even matchup, the two teams went into the second half tied at 31.In the second half, the Badgers hopped out to an early five-point lead and were riding that momentum to start the half. Sophomore guard Bronson Koenig came out hot, scoring five points and assisting on a Kaminsky bucket in the first three minutes of the period.However, despite the foul trouble and struggle to hit shots early on, Duke would not go down without a fight.Turning PointWith 13:25 left in the second half, a Kaminsky layup put the Badgers up 48-39 with 13:25 remaining in the second half and Wisconsin was rolling with both Winslow and Okafor in foul trouble.However, following a Duke timeout, freshman Grayson Allen decided it was his time to shine and he single-handedly took over the game, scoring the next eight points for Duke and putting the Blue Devils right back into the game. Duke rallied around the freshman, as his play gave his team back the momentum and confidence they needed to close out the game.When you knew it was overThis game was a battle from wire-to-wire, and with taking into account the unpredictability of the NCAA tournament, you really did not know it was over until the final buzzer sounded. It was only then where Duke could officially celebrate their fifth national title under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.Wisconsin Player of the GameFrank Kaminsky – 21 points (7-16 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and 12 rebounds in 39 minutesOne of the greatest players to ever put on a Wisconsin uniform played in his final game Monday and he still put together an outstanding performance on the biggest stage. He never shied away from and outplayed Okafor on both ends of the floor and was as good as he has been all season. Unfortunately, for Kaminsky and the Badgers, it just was not enough in the end. Duke Player of the GameTyus Jones – 23 points (7-13 FG, 2-3 3Pt) and five rebounds in 37 minutes.Tyus Jones torched the Badgers for 22 points in their first matchup in December, and the Duke freshman did it once again on Monday night. Jones hit big shot after big shot, including the dagger three-point shot that put the Blue Devils up eight points with just 1:24 remaining. On a night where neither Okafor nor Winslow were able to produce, Jones stepped up when Duke needed him to most.The End of an EraBoth Kaminsky and fifth-year senior guard Josh Gasser played their final games as Badgers, and it is likely that both will be remembered as two of the best to ever play in a Wisconsin uniform.Gasser is just the second player in UW basketball history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists in a career. He was also one of the best on-ball defenders in the country and the heart and soul of Wisconsin’s team.Kaminsky finished in ninth place on Wisconsin’s career scoring chart, as his 21-point performance on Monday night gave him 1,458 for his career, and he set Wisconsin’s single-season scoring record with 732 points, topping Alando Tucker’s 2007-08 season. The senior was also a consensus first-team all-American and a winner of the AP National Player of the Year, the Naismith Trophy and Oscar Robertson trophy, all of which recognized him as the best college basketball player in the nation.Foul PlayFor as long as they have been under head coach Bo Ryan, Wisconsin has never been a team that fouls a lot.This, however, was not the case Monday night.In the second half alone, Wisconsin committed 13 teams fouls after having just two in the first. Those foul calls ended up being the defining aspect of the game, as Duke shot and made 10 more free throws than the Badgers and committed just six fouls in the second half.Best Team Ever?The loss was not the most ideal way for Wisconsin to close out this season, but that loss was just the Badgers’ fourth all year and prior to tonight’s game, UW had won 21 of their last 22 games.When into perspective, the argument can be made that this is the best team Wisconsin has ever put on the court despite not ending the season with a championship.Their 36 wins are a school-record, and they fell just one win shy of the Big Ten Conference record of 37 set by Illinois in 2004-05. On top of it all, their final victory this season came against a then-undefeated Kentucky team.No matter which way you put it, this season was a historic one for the Wisconsin Badgers.QuotableJosh Gasser on what the season means for him at this point:“You know, the relationships we build with each other, you know, that’s the stuff that I’m proud about. We had a heck of a season. The stuff we accomplished. Sometimes, you know, life’s not fair.”Bo Ryan on the officiating:“Both teams are always going to feel that there’s a question or two. So it’s just the way the game’s player. But I’ve been with these guys a long time, and I’ve watched a lot of basketball. Sometimes games are played differently, and you have to go with the flow.”Sam Dekker on the loss:“Congrats to Duke. I’m proud of our guys. I’m blessed to be on this team. I’m disappointed in myself for my performance tonight. I gave it my all, and I couldn’t be prouder to be on this team. I’ve never felt closer to a group of guys, and this one hurts.” Bo Ryan on Frank Kaminsky:“He’s going to get even better. But what he did in his years at Wisconsin will be remembered for a long time.”last_img read more