September 3, 2012

South Korea Needs to Chill Out

Andrew Salmon, Korea Times

AP Photo

Politically, economically and culturally, Korea and Japan have great reasons to be good neighbors, yet Seoul-Tokyo relations have plummeted once again. Why? You guessed it: Dokdo. Could ― should ― Koreans emotionally desensitize themselves to this issue? I’d suggest yes. It is unnecessary for Koreans to explode every time Tokyo states its position because the basic facts of sovereignty are stark: Korea holds Dokdo. Japan does not.

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TAGGED: Dokdo Islands, Korea, South Korea


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