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Foreign Dispatches on South Korean diplomacy

May 2nd, 2006 . by Matt

Abiola Lapite of Foreign Dispatches gives a spot on analysis of why South Korea’s way of diplomacy is all wrong. Here is a taster –

A sane South Korean foreign policy would go out of its way to mend relations with an America which has rightly grown wary of the value of its alliance with a country wishing to play a “balancer” between the United States and other powers; it would appreciate that scaring the Japanese into viewing Korea as a threat to their safety is unwise, and strive instead for the sort of close relations which now exist between one-time enemies like Britain and America or France and Germany; it would do away with the grandiose delusion that a nation of less than 50 million people is in any position to play a “great power” role in Asia and cease inculcating such dangerous nationalistic fantasies in its children; it would grasp that endlessly pandering* to North Korea does nothing to push the latter country to take on the kinds of reforms which would delay the ruinously costly reunification few South Koreans truly seem to want: in short, a sane South Korean foreign policy would be the opposite of the current one in virtually every imaginable way.

Go and read this insightful post for yourself (in fact, the entire blog is excellent).


7 Responses to “Foreign Dispatches on South Korean diplomacy”

  1. comment number 1 by: polysics

    korean pride yo!!!~~~

    japanese women all look this this!

  2. comment number 2 by: tomato

    I’ver heard about this new right movement,
    but it seems to be aimed at improving the damaged relationship with the US rather than take a more friendly approach with Japan.

    Japan is so easy to pick upon. Its pacifist constitution virtually prevents it from using any kind of force. The people are so afraid of confrontation and are so apologetic that Japan is sure to reconcile at any threats inflicted upon itself. If I were Korea and China, I would pick on Japan forever. It is just too good to resist.

  3. comment number 3 by: Redskins84

    If I were japan, I would pick on all asia. Muhahahahaha

  4. comment number 4 by: ponta

    Japan is so easy to pick upon. Its pacifist constitution virtually prevents it from using any kind of force. The people are so afraid of confrontation and are so apologetic that Japan is sure to reconcile at any threats inflicted upon itself. If I were Korea and China, I would pick on Japan forever. It is just too good to resist

    If I were japan, I would pick on all asia. Muhahahahaha

    I think Tomato is rather expressing the frustration against Japan.
    Redskins
    Why do you want to pick on all asia if you are Japanese? Deep down do you want to pick on other asian people? And is that desire satisfied if you become Japanese?—-I just don’t understand.

  5. comment number 5 by: georgyporgy

    but it seems to be aimed at improving the damaged relationship with the US rather than take a more friendly approach with Japan.

    Having lived in Korea for some time recently, I must say that this is not the case.
    The Noh government of Korea is no less anti-US than anti-Japan.
    According to the recent poll, the Noh gov’t is supported by only 30% of the electrate. In hoping to restore their support in recorse to their nationalistic fever, the Noh gov’t seem to walk on a tight rope just to try to exhibit their presence in Far East (against the US and Japan).
    It was not once or twice that when I was taking a subway or waliking down the streeet in Seoul, I heard leftist (though “liberal” they might call themselves) student groups make a speech (or agitation, so to speak) against the US Army stationed in Korea, arguing that their presence is the biggest obstacle against reunification of the two Koreas.
    I talked to some of such students, and I was surprised at their ways of thinking and ignorance.
    First, they are not threatened by North Korea at all despite the fact that they are armed with mass destruction weapons, some of which are targeted at Seoul as well as Tokyo.
    They go: “After all, North and South Koreans consist of one ethnic group (“Uri-nun hana!”). So it is unimaginable for the North to attach the South (They actually did at 6.25!, and they have never given up the idea of reunification by force)”
    I also asked some of the students if they know how much cost is necessary for the reunification that they want.
    They simply don’t know… Many mentions West and East Germany as a model case. However, the GNP of West Germany at that time was 10 times larger than that of South Korea today, and the GNP of East Germanay was (at least) 30 times larger than that of North Korea at present.
    On many occasions, those student groups protest for human rights. However, they never criticize the fact that even the very basic human right for survival is not guaranteed for the citizens in North Korea.
    Oh well, let’s see what happens…

  6. comment number 6 by: Katz

    I think Korea doesn’t need to depend on anybody except God whick lacks in Korea. So these ties only weaken Korea. They should remove all bases there that are more harm than anything else.

  7. comment number 7 by: Redskins84

    georgyporgy

    those students don’t really know shit about North Korea. They won’t really say the samething after they know how many north koreans were harmed by that studpid dictator government. They’ll know the truth when they grow up. And Noh’s Uri party’s popularity is going down. No more giving money to Kim Jung Ill for nothing because he never uses it for his people.