A Little Disagreement Between Allies

23 Aug

The ROK-US Alliance Was Never A Marriage It’s an exciting time in ROK-US relations, according to The Diplomat‘s

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3 Responses to “A Little Disagreement Between Allies”

  1. ZacharyKeck 23 August 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Hey thanks for noting the article but I would just stress that I used “rely” very intentionally because it sounds very condescending, which was consistent with the underlying if unsaid theme of the piece that America shouldn’t expect the ROK to continue to acquiesce to the unequal type of relationship that took hold in the wake of the Korean War. America, I think, should be ready to renegotiate the terms of the alliance because the ROK rightly sees greater autonomy as both its right and in its interest. The danger of not doing so, which you note, is that Korea will gradually revert to its historical policy of residing in the sphere or just outside the sphere of China’s influence. This is probably likely to occur either way sometime after reunification, albeit in an obviously different form than during the Qing and pre-Qing era.

    • Hume's Bastard 23 August 2012 at 4:48 pm #

      I think we agree on the nature of the relationship. I would emphasize to Americans, that the US is not getting a relationship of equals and not even just a trading partner, but a state that sees itself as a subordinate with the right to complain when the senior partner doesn’t jump when Seoul calls.


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