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Monday, May 08, 2006


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I've been reading a few pieces on how South Korea is moving towards China and away from the United States and its position with North Korea is both a cause and evidence of this. I would love to hear your views on this.


I don't know - I've never heard of Glyn Ford, but Marcus Noland and Aidan Foster-Carter are two of the bigger names in NK punditry - would be hard for the organizers to turn them down. Will also be hard for Roh supporters to pooh-pooh them to any one who follows NK events - they have 60 years of Korea studies between them and both have participated in many panels both in Korea itself and of course elsewhere. Still I see what you're saying. Imagine if they could have gotten Kang Chol-hwan to sit across the table from Ambassador Park. Or even Hwang Jang-yeop - that would be hilarious.


I am not casting doubt on the abilities of Noland or Foster-Carter. I am just noting how it will look on the TV screen of the average Korean seeing a blurb on the 8:00 news.

I would pass on Hwang Jang-yeop, but just about anyone else would be fine.

I don't think that Korea would go back to anything like its pre-1895 relationship with China. National pride would not allow it.

However, it does seem that the current administration is trying to play the major powers against each other (or "balance" them in Roh's words) in order to acheive greater independence of action. So a move in China's direction would be natural. Of course, that movement must be seen in the context of Korea's continued desire to remain under American protection (as seen in the Pyeongtek base construction).

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