S. Korea's relationship with U.S. has deteriorated recently while Japan's has got stronger. This development gave an window of opportunity for Japan to make a move on its claim on Dokdo(aka Takeshima.) Apparently, Japan is provoking S. Korean government. If S. Korean government does not successfully fend off this move, it will be lethal blow to already tottering government deep in various political problems.
S. Korean pinko gov. wants to talk loud and tough, doing frequent verbal grandstanding to score domestic political points, but many dumb moves in foreign policy have created some serious problems, silently festering below the surface. Now one of them is coming to surface.
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The article doesn't mention, what is the resource at issue?
This kind of immature bombast would seem characteristic of Asian politics. My impression is that South Korea lacks the maritime wherewithal to back it up, which makes this move REALLY stupid.
Is this a matter of looking like a stud to buddy Kim?
posted on 04/14/2006 8:06:57 AM PDT
(There are people in power who are truly evil.)
Anti-Japanese political posturing is powerfully vote producing in Korea. The Japanese are well remembered and still despised, feared, and hated.
Of course the Japanese feel the same way about Koreans, especially the "despised" part. "Sub-human Koreans" is pretty much the Japanese point of view.
All have seen East Asian cultures described as "xenophobic". "Xenophobic" is a code word for violently racist. Asia is a tough place.
posted on 04/16/2006 6:03:38 AM PDT
(Dare to be pigheaded! Stubborn! "Tolerance" is not a virtue!)
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