South Korea- Defense of Dokdo Exercise Scheduled

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    (Image source- JTBC News 8.5) Defense of Dokdo military exercise two days before Liberation Day holiday

    JTBC News is reporting this morning from Ministry of Defense related sources that the regularly scheduled annual ROK Navy exercise in the East Sea/Sea of Japan in the vicinity of the Dokdo island territory is expected to take place August 13 and 14. The exercise was previously expected to take place in June but was put off for diplomatic reasons. This military exercise could present the opportunity for another at sea incident or confrontation with Japan such as occurred with the so called maritime patrol incidents in December 2018 and January 2019 between the maritime patrol aircraft of the Japanese maritime self defense force and South Korean navy surface combatants

    Timing of the exercise is expected to directly precede the South Korean celebration of Gwang Bok Cheol, August 15, the annual commemoration of the liberation of Korea from Japanese imperial rule in 1945 by the United States. A demonstration against Japanese trade restraints on South Korea is planned for August 15 in Kwang Hwa Moon plaza in central Seoul. There still remains a possibility that the military exercise could be postponed or suspended. It is not believed likely in the current political climate.

    The Japanese publicly reasserted their territorial claim to the island rocks last month when Dokdo’s airspace was violated twice by a Russian military aircraft. On July 23 South Korean fighter aircraft fired hundreds of warning shots to ward off the Russian A-50 aircraft which violated Dokdo’s 12 mile limit. The Russian military plane had been participating in a coordinated exercise with Chinese and Russian long range bombers.

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    Tensions between South Korea and Japan are really bad right now. As someone who has lived in South Korea for 15 1/2 years I have learned a lot about the constant battle between the two countries. The two countries should be cooperating to help the US with North Korea. The longer they continue with their tit-for-tat battle the better it is for North Korea.

    American living abroad in South Korea and a proud progressive.

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      Abe is a fascist Shoin school war crime denier.    His war criminal grandfather Kisi and his cronies from the slave labor Japanese corporations negotiated the 1965 Agreement with the South Korean dictator Park who was a collaborator with Kisi and his ilk.   It wasn’t an arms length agreement, and it didn’t settle Japan’s war crimes accountability.   It isn’t tit for tat.   Abe is a right wing lunatic.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmYhAIS8tcs

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    @soryang since I’m not a Korean, I can’t say whether or not it did or didn’t settle the issue. All that I know is right now the two countries are trying to hurt each other economically when they depend on each other for cooperation. The bigger issue is North Korea and keeping Kim Jong Un at bay. An attack by North Korea on either Japan or South Korea would be devastating for both countries.

    American living abroad in South Korea and a proud progressive.

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      By failing to recognize that Abe represents the very same fascist political interests that promoted it’s belligerent and criminal activities in Asia for a half century, the US is aiding and abetting the fascist elements in Japan that deny their war crimes, want to amend their constitution to allow offensive military operations and “make Japan great again.”   This is a short sighted agenda for militarist elements in the US who think that Japanese military infrastructure is necessary to offset Chinese power and that nothing should or can be done to offend the far right extremists like Abe who control Japan.   The LDP has always been a CIA proxy.    Japanese interference in South Korean domestic affairs never ended, not even with the liberation.   It’s time to come to terms with this problem.   A return to a more compliant authoritarian government in South Korea appears to be the objective of the US and Abe at this point.    The removal of Park Geun Hye signaled the end of quisling government in South Korea.   Failing to openly recognize the threat to stability in South Korea posed by the current Abe administration will only worsen the security situation in Asia.

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