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)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Yeonpyeong Island Bombardment/“Chimerica” Save North Korea-VII

After the South Korean navy patrol craft Cheonan broke down on 26 March 2010, US and South Korea scheduled a joint naval drill at China’s doorstep in the Yellow Sea. On 24 June 2010, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), approximately 91,765 strong, suddenly announced that they would hold military exercise from June 30 to July 5 in the East China Sea to the east of Zhejiang Province. According to the China Daily, the Chinese military staged a live military fire drill. As part of the drill, all ships were instructed to “follow [the] orders of the Chinese navy to ensure safety.” On 28 June 2010, the South Korea Navy announced that their joint military drill was postponed to July. Some Chinese experts claim that the Chinese naval drill is clearly related to the presence of the 97,000-ton class aircraft carrier, the UUS George Washington near China’s shores. Some Chinese nationalists began to blog and attack the U.S. navel web site in reaction to the US-South naval drills (Japan Times).
Since the Cheonan incident, the U.S. has undergone military exercises in the Yellow Sea or East China Sea almost every month. Unfortunately, the US strategy has never worked in North Korea. This became evident on 23 November 2010 when Yeonpyeong Island was attacked by North Korea. Yeonpyeong Island lies south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL) claimed by South Korea. But, the NLL has no legal standing because it was arbitrarily imposed by the US (lead UN) command in 1953 at the end of the Korean War. Like the civil war in the US a century earlier, the North Korea and South Korea is in civil war today. The North Koreans never recognized and claimed their own maritime military demarcation. There have been two battles, including one in 1999 at sea, over the disputed area. As Australian diplomat Gregory Clark states in the Japan Times, “North Korea had just as much right to attack into the South as the South was claiming for its own planned attack against the North.” According to the South Korean government North Korea was the attacker, killing two civilians and two solders. North Korea insists the attaches were the result of South Korean military exercises. Probably, we will never know who attack who first.
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