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  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • by スポンサードリンク


A Road to Hell:South Korea


 On March 9th, South Korea’s Constitutional Court unanimously ruled to strip impeached President Park Geun-hye of power. The nation slipped into a political whirlwind. The political apparatus is in haste arranging the coming presidential election which must occur within 60 days. In recent years, South Koreans have given their nation the moniker of “Hell Choson” (Hell Korea). In fact, South Korea is on the way to hell.   


 Disgraced President Park had taken a hostile position against Japan. Consequently, South Korea couldn’t ask Japan to continue the Japan-South Korea currency swap agreement. The agreement was discontinued in 2015. In addition, in protest of the comfort woman statute in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, Japan recalled its ambassador. Currently, there is no hope for South Korea to resume a currency swap with Japan.   


 On March 6th, North Korea launched 4 ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, allegedly in preparation for an attack to U.S. bases in Japan. The following day, the U.S. began to deploy its state-of the art antimissile system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea.   


 After South Korea decided to deploy THAAD, to which China has strongly been opposed over concerns related to its own missile capability, China started to impose various sanctions against South Korea. Especially, LOTTE, a conglomerate, was completely excluded from the Chinese market because it gave up its golf course in a land swap to facilitate the deployment of THAAD. The Chinese government ordered its travel agencies to pull tours to South Korea. Chinese tourists account for nearly half of all tourists traveling to South Korea (8.0 million out of 17.2 million). The South Korean tourist industry will be devastated. And, a currency swap agreement with China will expire this October unless China agrees to extend it.   


 The largest peril is the coming presidential election. According to a survey conducted by Gallup Korea, the most popular candidate is Moon Jae-in (32%), who is friendly to North Korea, followed by Ahn Hee-jung (17%), Hwang Kyo-ahn (9%), Ahn Cheol-seo (9%), and Lee Jae-myung (8%). The only conservative is Hwang Kyo-ahn.   


 Specifically, Moon Jae-in insists on nullifying the agreement on comfort women issue with Japan and the deployment of THAAD missiles with the U.S. If he becomes the next South Korean president, not only will relations with Japan and the U.S. worsen but also he wants the U.S. to remove the THAAD missile system from South Korea. In that case, the U.S. might be justified in deserting South Korea and withdrawing its forces. Without support from the U.S., North Korea can invade South Korea as it did in 1950. History might repeat itself.   


 Most South Korans are now pleased with the ousting of Park Geun-hye. She said before, “There is no future for a people who don’t come to terms with their history.”  



  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • 14:51
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  • by スポンサードリンク


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