Mr. Kang encourages the same failed policies of the last 23 years.
North Korea policies the same old, same old 9 April 2017 – Author: David C. Kang, University of Southern California
Mr. Kang is surprisingly naive if not he is just a North Korean Juche sympathizer. I find so many mistakes in his article. History shows that when the pressure gets high, Kim comes out to the table of serious discussion.
Mr. Eyal, in the other hand, shows us that “Sunshine Policy was failure” and the “Sunshine Policy 2.0” is a waste of time and violates UN sanctions.
South Korea needs new thinking on foreign policy – Jonathan Eyal – Europe Correspondent
Mr. Eyal’s observation and suggestion are much much more objective and realistic and insightful Than Mr. Kang’s.
Also, Mr. Eyal reminds us of South Korean great entertainer Mr Roh. RIP.
Nevertheless, it is also a fact that successive generations of South Korean politicians have enjoyed baiting Tokyo. This is largely because tensions with Japan are a defining element in South Korean nationalism, a sort of displacement therapy game, allowing them to vent their frustration at their national divisions and other ills which have almost nothing to do with Japan.
And nowhere is this tendency to view Japan as South Korea’s implacable foe more evident than in the political camp of President Moon; Mr Roh even tried a decade ago to persuade astonished US government officials that Washington should classify Japan as “a hypothetical enemy”.
But this attempt to corner Japan in order to clock up nationalist kudos at home entails an enormous waste of time and resources.
For, far from being an enemy, Japan is South Korea’s natural ally and, given China’s rise, Tokyo will remain Seoul’s friend for decades to come. Mr Moon could accomplish a great deal on this matter by doing precisely nothing; by avoiding falling into the trap of his predecessors playing the “Japan card”.
Yeah, I remember Roh said that. The whole lot of Japanese laughed hell out of his remarks. Good old days, good ol’ days..
But beyond that, sticking to the alliance with the US, improving relations with Japan, maintaining and expanding American military deployments, and dispelling any dreams of sunshine engagement with North Korea remain Mr Moon’s only viable alternatives.
The South Korean leader must also accept that his country no longer has a first say over managing the North Korean confrontation; this is now a crisis which directly threatens the security of the US and, therefore, the best Seoul can hope for is to have an input into US policy, rather than a right of veto over American choices.
Oh, by the way, I doubt that Moon would change his policy because he ain’t got no options but to incite Korean nationalism to avoid the same fate of his former presidents as I mentioned before.
What you are saying is all true, but sadly, Koreans are not rational people when it comes to Japan.
Korea loves Japan and Korea has always wanted to be LIKE Japan so much, but Koreans don’t want to BE (or can’t be) Japanese. So, they have to hate/accuse Japan constantly, otherwise Korea breaks apart itself because of their insecurity/inferior complex.
In fact, South Korea copied the way and followed Japan’s foot steps very thoroughly. And today, lots of Koreans move to Japan or the US or Australia. They are leaving their country. Only thing the Korean government can do to unite their nationals is to teach their kids to hate Japan.
Japanese have learned that in hard ways. So, we do not expect anything from Koreans and we do not take them seriously anymore.
At least, Trump has tried … Trump’s North Korea Policy: Let China Do It