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More on Asia's 'other' disputes

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31 July 2008 14:38

Following up Malcolm's post from yesterday on various territorial disputes in North Asia, it's worth noting that South Korea is conducting more of its regular military exercises near islands that are disputed with Japan. South Korea calls them the Dokdo islands, and in fact the South Korean Navy calls its largest warship by that name. Subtle, eh?

There's nothing too subtle about this exercise either. The Korea Times describes it as the largest of its kind since 1996, involving destroyers and long-range strike aircraft. Then this:

The exercise had been conducted in a low-key manner in a bid not to raise unnecessary military tension with Japan, but this year the Seoul government decided to conduct the drill openly to help reinforce its ownership of Dokdo amid Tokyo's renewed claim to the islets.

That sounds like an escalation or even a provocation. Not good.

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