SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president has made a surprise, election-year visit to islets also claimed by Japan, which quickly reasserted its sovereignty there, recalled its ambassador from Seoul and warned that the trip would worsen the countries’ strained relations. President Lee Myung-bak’s trip Friday to the tiny, rocky outcroppings between the countries...
At the entrance to Jangsan Station in Busan on the 10th, members of a Dokdo organization held a demonstration to criticize a local politician for a comment in which he referred to Dokdo as “an internationally disputed area.” That may sound like a mild offense to you, but consider that… actually, I got nothin’....
That’s what a caption writer at Newsis had to say about this photo, with a cloud that looks like the Korean peninsula and the sun playing the role of Dokdo....
While the dispute between Korea and Japan over some small islets both claim does not have the impact of similar disputes between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands or the Spratly Island dust up between China and half of Southeast Asia, it has a persistence and emotional impact that rivals either of them. That is especially...
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