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)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

President Lee Myung-Bak Landed-I/The Dokdo/Takeshima-I

In an unprecedented move, the South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak visited Dokdo, which Japan calls Takeshima, claiming its sovereignty on August 10, 2012. “Dokdo is genuinely our territory,” said Lee (Washington Post 11 August 2012).The Noda regime was shocked; it recalled its ambassador back to Tokyo in order to protest Lee’s action. As Lee’s spokeswoman states, “The Japanese government doesn’t have the power to tell him to go or not, because it’s definitely Korean territory (Financial Times 10 August 2012).” By now, the Japanese right-wings are getting mad, and what can they do? The Tokyo metropolitan government should collect money again to buy Dokdo. At the same, Lee’s action has inspired Chinese nationalists who have tried to land on the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.  All of these territory disputes, as well as the dispute over the Northern territory with Russia are the result of “landmines” created in the East Asian region by the United States when the San Francisco Peace Treaty was signed in the 1950s.
Source: Reuters News (access date: 15 August 2012).

Source: Korean swimmers landed at the Dokdo. Huanqiu Times (access date: 15 August 2012).

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