October 3, 2012

So. Korea: Asia's Other Rising Naval Power

Robert Farley, The Diplomat

AP Photo

With the world’s attention focused on a potential confrontation between China and Japan in the East China Sea, a third player has built what may be the most powerful ship-for-ship fleet in Northeast Asia.  Over the past fifteen years, the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) has expanded dramatically, acquiring a substantial fleet of modern, powerful warships. While the ROKN continues to prepare for the contingency of conflict with North Korea, it has become a force capable of significant foreign deployment.  If Seoul maintains its commitment to the Navy, the ROKN could become one of the world’s premier middle power navies. 


Since 1953, North Korea has posed the central strategic problem for the ROKN.  The sinking of the Cheonan and the DPRK’s bombardment of...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: South Korea, Asia


September 21, 2012
Could Asia Really Go to War Over Tiny Islands?
The Economist
THE countries of Asia do not exactly see the world in a grain of sand, but they have identified grave threats to the national interest in the tiny outcrops and shoals scattered off their coasts. The summer has seen a... more ››
September 30, 2012
Ominous Signs from North Korea
Korea Times
There has always been the so-called North Korean factor or risk in major economic and political moments in South Korea. The upcoming presidential election seems to be no exception. more ››
September 26, 2012
Why Does Japan Still Use 'Rising Sun' Flag?
Kim Jong-chan, Korea Times
The German law bans the use of the Hakenkreuz, the symbol used by the Nazi Party adopted by Adolf Hitler. Violators are fined or face imprisonment of up to three years.   The Nazi regime and its collaborators engineered the... more ››
September 26, 2012
South Korea Needs to Reset Ties With Japan
Korea Times
Japanese anti-Korea protests, though mainly led by a few ultra-rightist groups, are going way too far by insulting and trampling on Korea’s national flag. Many ordinary Japanese do not hide their contempt and dislikes of... more ››
September 28, 2012
U.S. Needs to Step into Asian Isle Dispute
Greg Nance, Seattle Times
THE long-simmering rivalry between Japan and China, triggered by Japan’s purchase of several Senkaku Islands, is a gathering typhoon that threatens the entire region. The U.S. must take decisive steps to mediate this dispute,... more ››