Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Korea's Phantom Menace
Korea’s Phantom Menace
The territorial dispute over the Senkaku/Diayou Islands has long been the preeminent maritime issue in East Asia, and for good reason. However, there is another which also has serious implications for geopolitics in the region: the dispute between the Republic of Korea and the State of Japan over the ownership of Dokdo/Takeshima in the East Sea/Sea of Japan.
|The offending shoes|
apology from Japan, pervade Korean politics. Korean President Park Gyeun-He recently suffered severe political backlash for the simple act of wearing Japanese brand shoes in public. 62% of Koreans responded positively when asked if they felt “militarily threatened” by Japan in a recent poll by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. The product of this charged climate has been that two of the United States’ closest allies in the Pacific are largely incapable of cooperation or even civil dialogue.
|Sejong the Great-class Destroyer|
|North Korean Artillery|