Korea, United States, Japan hold joint naval drills

Well, look who are playing together all nice today:

The full-resolution shot can be found at the US Navy’s website here.

Anyway, from TIME:

For the first time ever, warships from the United States and its two closest Asian allies have come together in a joint military training exercise. But if the Americans can just keep the South Koreans and Japanese from shooting at each other, that might be a victory in itself.

The two-day exercise began Thursday in the East China Sea. It includes the USS George Washington aircraft carrier and several escorts, and three ships each from the Republic of Korea Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The goal is to improve communications and the ability to operate together in wartime or contingency operations.

Relations between Japan and South Korea have never been very good, but are at a particular low point now, with lingering disputes over territory and Japan’s wartime legacy.

This is a low point? Clearly, you remember not “diplomatic war” or Japan’s repeated attempts (two of my better posts) to invade Dokdo.

(HT to Charles Reeder)

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Makes me nervous to put so many expensive KDX destroyers in one place.

  • DLBarch

    Interesting how that TIME story (twice) refers to Takeshima first, and only to Dokdo — and in quotes, yet (!) — as an afterthought:

    “Japan wants South Korea to relinquish control of Takeshima, which it claims as its own; Seoul says “Dokdo” belongs to South Korea, and they aren’t leaving.”

    Gerry?

    DLB

  • CactusMcHarris

    Brother DLB,

    May I recommend to you a book ‘A Pursuit of Truth in the Dokdo Island Issue’ – Letters to a Young Japanese Man- (no, it’s not homoerotic Yukio Mishimia stuff), but Professor Kim Young Koo. It’s in Japanese, Korean and English. I can send it to you the next time I’m in the States (the book came from a thrift store, and you can well imagine the near ecstasy experienced for getting the truth for a dollar (C)! ) – you can be the first to provide a non-biased (hah!) review.

  • CactusMcHarris

    correction – ‘Yukio Mishima’

    Robert, is it conceivable to get an edit function here? If it cost you money to do so, I will say loud and proud that I will send you some twonies and loonies (wait, you already have the loonies, don’t you?). Put me down for two of each.

  • DLBarch

    CMcH,

    Yes, by all means! I thought my library of Korea-related books was pretty extensive, but I confess to not even having heard of that book.

    And if you do in fact find yourself in Northern California anytime in the next several years, be sure to let me know! I know how you Bra Boys types are always looking to get into trouble over here!

    Cheers,
    DLB

  • CactusMcHarris

    One more thing – thanks for providing the link to the full-res photo, Robert. Haze gray and underway!

  • CactusMcHarris

    BDLB,

    How almost timely – we were there last month as we drove back to BC. And I didn’t mean it as a permanent gift, but you can keep it as long as you wish.

    What’s a Bra Boy?

    And thank you for the invitation. We want to go back to SF again, so meeting you would be as attractive as playing Frisbee in Golden Gate Park.

  • DLBarch

    CMcH.

    Oh, maybe my bad. Thought you were from Down Under. Never mind!

    (BTW, BC is an awesome town, man. As is Victoria. Used to go skiing at Whistler back in the day, before it became HUGE.)

    DLB

  • CactusMcHarris

    #8 DLB,

    No, I’m ‘merkin living in la belle Canada with my Inuit wife…(not really, she’s of Greek heritage and from Nova Scotia. Opa!).

    Send me your mailing address to my cactusmcharris at geewhiz mail dotcom and I’ll mail it to you for your reading pleasure if you want – keep it for up to two years with the only charge of a beer when I’m there next.

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    did the good ship ‘dokdo’ take part in this?

  • YangachiBastardo

    “Japan wants South Korea to relinquish control of Takeshima, which it claims as its own; Seoul says “Dokdo” belongs to South Korea, and they aren’t leaving.”

    Gerry?

    DLB the unsuspectable sadist :)

    On a serious note i’m happy to see this development rooted in common sense. There is hope after all

    PS

    DLB what was that book you mentioned in another thread about S. Korea early development ?

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    If Time Magazine seriously thinks the Japan and SK will actually shoot at each other in the seas during exercises with their American allies, then they need better regional correspondents.

  • DLBarch

    YB @ 11,

    It might have been “The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea,” edited by Ezra Vogel, et al.

    I’m almost reluctant to recommend it again, simply because of its heft (700+ pages) and hefty price tag ($47.00 at Amazon). I would not blame anyone for rolling their eyes right here and skipping down to the next post.

    But, but, but…

    It really is a fabulous book, and will bring anyone up to speed on Korea’s modern, post-war political and economic development tout de suite — and in genuinely fascinating ways.

    And there’s just no getting around the fact that for all his sins — and they were legion — PCH was a transformative figure in Korea’s modern economic development. One just can’t fully appreciate how amazingly far Korea has come without coming to grips with Park’s legacy.

    Anyway….

    DLB

  • YangachiBastardo

    DLB

    Mega-thanks ! I’m a big economic history geek, i’ll order it for sure today

  • http://koreanlanguagenotes.blogspot.com/ gbevers

    DLBarch wrote (#2):

    Interesting how that TIME story (twice) refers to Takeshima first, and only to Dokdo — and in quotes, yet (!) — as an afterthought:

    “Japan wants South Korea to relinquish control of Takeshima, which it claims as its own; Seoul says “Dokdo” belongs to South Korea, and they aren’t leaving.”

    Gerry?

    Isn’t it obvious that TIME magazine believes the islets belong to Japan?

    Do you think “Dokdo” should have been mentioned first since “D” comes before “T”?

  • Q

    General Headquarters Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers promulgated SCAPIN No. 677 (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/SCAPIN677):

    Japan is defined to include the four main islands of Japan (Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku) and the approximately 1,000 smaller adjacent islands, including the Tsushima Islands and the Ryukyu (Nansei) Islands north of 30° North Latitude (excluding Kuchinoshima Island); and excluding (a) Utsuryo (Ullung) Island, Liancourt Rocks (Take Island) and Quelpart (Saishu or Cheju) Island

    The SCAPIN has been revised twice: SCAPIN 841 issued on March 22, 1946 returning Izu and Nanpo Islands to Japan; the revised SCAPIN 677 dated December 5, 1951 returned the islands between 30-29 degree N. latitude and Kagoshima Ten Village Islands to Japanese sovereignty. However, no such directives, memoranda and/or orders were ever issued to change the separation of Dokdo. The territorial provisions in the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty merely conformed what had already become an accomplished fact. The separation of Dokdo by SCAPIN No. 677 — so far as it has not been changed specifically — should be acknowledged and respected as the accomplished facts which were actually carried into effect by the Peace Treaty. (Source: Professor Young K Kim, A Suggestion for an Impeccable logical integrity, Dec. 2011: http://works.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1010&context=young_kim)