August 25, 2012

U.S. Doesn't Get Korea's Island Dispute

Jason Lim, Korea Times

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American frustration is understandable. Her two strongest allies in East Asia are seemingly hung up on a set of uninhabitable islets known for bad weather and seagull droppings. Here are Japan and South Korea, the world’s third and 14th economies, vibrant democracies, and dynamic economies facing a common threat in unpredictable North Korea and increasingly assertive China, and they are calling each other names and threatening to go ballistic over some pieces of jutting rocks in the middle of nowhere. I mean, it just does not make sense.

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