September 1, 2012

Will War Settle Asian Island Spat?

Park Bo-gyoon, JoongAng Daily

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For Korea, its survival strategy in the 21st century will be exports and diplomacy. There is not enough time to make candidates actually compete to demonstrate their capabilities, which is a crucial right of voters. Foreign and defense affairs must be top priorities in the presidential campaign. That should be the key to a successful presidential victory.

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TAGGED: Dokdo Islands, Japan, Korea


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