Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Friday, December 31, 2010

Cheonan Tragedy/Test Obama-XIX

After nearly two months of investigation regarding the South Korean Navy patrol craft Cheonan tragedy where 46 crew members were killed, the South Korean investigation team sponsored with technical support from the UK, the US, Sweden, Canada, and Australia, concluded that the naval ship was sunk by a North Korea torpedo on 20 May 2010 (Japan Times). However, the Cheonan tragedy might be, according to Japanese independent journalist Tanaka Sakai, caused by friendly fire between the USA and South Korea ( Similarly, some scholars (e.g., Kim Myong Chol) questioned the Cheonan case, indicating the line of friendly fire. Both the South Korean right-wing regime headed by Lee Myung-bak and the American army in Korea covered up the fact. To blame North Korean regime is easy way to solve the Cheonan tragedy. But, it will be hard to convince citizens in South Korea to accept the friendly fire by the US. Ironically, the American intelligence claimed that Kim Jong Il gave the order to attack Cheonan (New York Times 22 May 2010). According to the Japanese media (Yomiuri Shimbun) Kim denied the involvement when he met with the Chinese President Hu Jintao during 3-7 May 2010 visit China. Yet, the Russian government expressed doubt about the result of the investigation team.

After the G-20 Summit in Toronto, President Obama asked the Chinese President Hu Jintao to look the evidence and accused the Chinese of “willful blindness” of North Korean behavior during the press conference on 27 June 2010. Yet, Qin Gang, the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, dismissed Obama’s call by saying, “China is a neighbor of the Korean Peninsula, and on this issue four feelings differ from a country that lies 8,000 kilometers distant…. We feel even more direct and serous concerns (CCTV News and New York Times).”

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