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  • Japan-South Korea Diplomatic Standoff over Takeshima/Dokdo

    Irritants like the Dokdo/Takeshima issue, if allowed to linger further, will affect Japan-South Korea relations including the security cooperation they have envisaged given common regional security concerns.

    August 14, 2012

    "Comfort Women" issue: A constant irritant in Japan-South Korea Relations

    The issue of “comfort women” continues to haunt Japan’s relations with its neighbour, South Korea. Koreans are unable to forget the atrocities committed by the Japanese military during the long colonial rule from 1910-1945 over the entire Korean peninsula.

    December 22, 2011

    South Korea relives the Yeonpyeong attack by North Korea

    The people of Yeonpyeong Island remember with trepidation the devastating attack of November 2010. Since the Cheonan incident in March 2010 and chastened by the attack last year, South Korea has beefed up its military arsenal and strengthened its defence preparedness.

    November 29, 2011

    South Korea’s Naval Base on Ulleung Island

    South Korea hopes that the new base will help strengthen its territorial rights on Dokdo as the base would enable its ships to reach the islands quickly.

    October 03, 2011

    RoK’s Jeju Island Naval Base

    The Jeju naval base is intended to serve two objectives: to protect the country from possible missile attacks from North Korea and to allow the United States to station Aegis class destroyers.

    September 01, 2011

    Assessing the Jimmy Carter-led Elders’ Efforts to Resolve North Korean Issue

    While keeping the doors open for negotiations, the US and South Korea are unlikely to relax any of the terms and conditions they have set for Pyongyang.

    May 05, 2011

    South Korea’s Military Preparedness

    In response to increasing North Korean hostilities, South Korea’s Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin unveiled a 73-point military reform measures in early March 2011

    March 31, 2011

    An Apocalypse Lurks in the Korean Peninsula

    The temporary hope of peace returning to the Korean peninsula following North Korea’s peace overtures dissipated no sooner than it started when North Korean negotiators walked out of the meeting room at the DMZ in Panmunjam.

    February 14, 2011

    The Gates Mission: Re-contextualising US alliances in East Asia

    Gates has steered Japan and South Korea towards aligning their shared threat perceptions about North Korea and China.

    January 18, 2011

    Inter-Korea Dialogue versus Japan-South Korea Military Engagement

    North Korea’s offer of a dialogue is unlikely to elicit a positive response from South Korea which instead is militarily drawing closer to Japan to enhance deterrence.

    January 14, 2011

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