Who is the “real prince” in Japan and South Korea?

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Original: Captain crow source: official account: Captain crow wechat id:captainwuya

As we all know, Japan and South Korea, two “neighbors” and “allies” under the U.S. system, both want to get the favor of the United States, but their relationship has always been very uncomfortable. This is not true. Recently, the two countries have further exposed their “domestic disgrace” and made a good joke.

At the end of last month, the NATO summit was held in Spain. This conference is a unified thought of Western imperialist countries to “meet challenges” together.


Sure enough, at the meeting, NATO identified Russia as the “biggest and most direct threat” and vilified China as a “systemic challenge”. It can be seen that the Western emperors are going to “bleed Russia” to the end.

Of course, the United States wanted to take this opportunity to deploy its strategy in the Asia Pacific region, so it called Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon sik Yueh to think about letting people from the United States, Japan and South Korea talk together.

However, it is estimated that there is little hope in the United States, and Kishida and Yin Xiyue are not very intimate.

It’s true that the two countries have been fighting over historical issues such as comfort women and forced requisition for 7 or 8 years, during which there have been diplomatic frictions, trade disputes, and even tensions.

On December 20, 2018, the South Korean Navy’s destroyer guangkaitu Dawang (No. 971) rescued a North Korean fishing boat in the sea of Japan. During this period, the guangkaitu Dawang met with the sea of Japan Self patrol aircraft, and the two sides came close to each other to compete for patience.

Unexpectedly, the South Korean destroyer was really impatient, and brazenly turned on the fire control radar to irradiate the Japanese military aircraft.


For more than a decade, whether it was the Cheonan incident or the artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island, in the face of armed friction with North Korea, the South Korean army either did not respond in time or did nothing. This time I met Japan, but I was very tough. It’s true that I’m submissive in the face of the north, and I fight hard in the face of my allies.

In the trade dispute, the Seoul and Busan city councils of South Korea listed 284 Japanese enterprises as war criminals respectively, and stipulated that municipal institutions have the obligation to avoid buying the products of war criminals enterprises in the future, and the products they have purchased can be labeled as “war criminals enterprise products”.

At the G20 Osaka Summit on June 28-29, 2019, the interaction between then South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese government leader Shinzo Abe, who was the host country, was also coldly commented by the outside world. The two only shook hands for 8 seconds, and no other formal talks or informal contacts were held.


This is really ugly.

Although Yin Xiyue has been willing to improve Japan South Korea relations since the election, the mutual trust between the two sides has seriously collapsed, and it may take a long time to rebuild trust.

However, when we see through the whole process of the friendship between Japan and South Korea, we will find it very strange. Because if we carefully observe the strength and economic and trade links between Japan and South Korea, South Korea’s confrontation with Japan is like looking for death. There is not only a large gap in national strength between the two countries, but also Japan is in the upper reaches of South Korea in the core industries.

For example, South Korea obviously relies on Japan for raw materials, components and machines in 100 categories of industries such as electronics and automobiles;


It can be said that the two countries have different division of labor in the international market. Japan focuses on materials, while South Korea focuses on application fields, which determines the current situation of South Korea’s dependence on Japan.

On July 1st, 2019, the Ministry of economy, trade and industry of Japan announced that Japan would restrict the export of three key semiconductor materials to South Korea, including fluoropolyimide, photoresist and high-purity hydrogen fluoride, which are consumable raw materials in the process of manufacturing 3C electronic products.

According to the trial calculation of the Korean Economic Research Institute, Japan’s control measures will reduce South Korea’s GDP by 2.2%, while Japan will only reduce by 0.04%. We can see the strength of the two countries.


However, why can South Korea, despite such a great gap in national strength, frequently launch Anti Japanese climax, but ultimately unharmed?

About this, we have to ask the United States, the common “ally” and “big brother” of Japan and South Korea.

In fact, in the history of the dispute between Japan and South Korea, the United States was obviously neutral, but actually supported South Korea and did not give Japan less trouble.


In 1945, the Korean Peninsula was recovered, and in 1948, Li Cheng established a government in the south of the peninsula, with the north and South divided. Less than three years later, the Korean War broke out.

After all, it had suffered from 36 years of colonial rule by Japan. At that time, anti Japanese sentiment in Korean society was very strong.

On the one hand, Li CHENGWAN used this sentiment to launch an anti Japanese movement to win public support for himself, while on the other hand, he appointed many pro Japanese bureaucrats, which can be described as extremely twisted.

But in any case, with the efforts of Dr. Lee, Anti Japan has become a politically correct society in South Korea, at least on the surface. It is even more difficult for the two countries to promote the establishment of diplomatic relations at this time.


In 1953, with the tacit approval and tacit support of the local police authorities, Hong Chunqi, a retired South Korean soldier, organized his own militia to mount the disputed Japanese South Korean island of Dokdo (called Takeshima by Japan), expel the Japanese police and regain control of Dokdo.

The South Korean police force, which took over the defense a year later, was even tougher, killing a Japanese policeman in the conflict.

Lee Seung Wan issued a declaration on maritime sovereignty, announcing a “fishing vessel entry ban” line, namely the “Lee Seung Wan Line”, which South Korea calls the “peace line”.

Due to the huge emotional collision that broke out in the sovereignty dispute, the negotiation on the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea was completely deadlocked.


In 1961, Park Chung Hee seized power in a military coup. At that time, the Korean people were in dire need of economic assistance to tide over the difficulties.

Therefore, in the negotiation on the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea, Park Chung Hee gave up his claim for compensation in exchange for $800million in assistance and loans from Japan.

As soon as the treaty was signed, there was a shocking wave in South Korea, and college students and the public protested. In the face of the raging procession, Lao Pu actually played a withdrawal drum, ready to step down and run away.


Thanks to his niece’s son-in-law Jin zhongbi and his fellow countryman Jin Zaiyu, who were ruthless, brazenly suppressed the mass movement and kept Lao Pu in power. However, this basic treaty between Japan and South Korea has become a symbol of Park Chung Hee’s betrayal and pursuit of glory in the hearts of the South Korean people.

These things were also mentioned by crow in the original article. But you may not know that the Koreans are dissatisfied with the treaty, but the Japanese are even more dissatisfied.


Some people in Japan believe that the signing of the “basic treaty between Japan and South Korea” has made a large number of Japanese funds flow directly into South Korea, expanding the domestic fiscal deficit. It is not worth the loss for Japan to only exchange for South Korea not to claim.

In the year from October 1962 to October 1963, the Japanese held 13 national unification actions to oppose the “Japan ROK talks”. In 1965, the Japanese forcibly passed the basic treaty between Japan and South Korea for the Sato government, and held six large-scale national reunification actions.

To put it bluntly, the Japanese just feel that there is a problem with their government. “If Koreans want to betray the country, you buy it? You let the money burn?”


Yes, at that time, South Korea was a poor country. If you want to sell the country, you may not be able to sell it. Even if you can sell it, it is not worth 800 million dollars.

In 1961, the rice output of South Korea was only 10million stone, which was only equivalent to that of Japan 400 years ago. The per capita GDP was only $80, and $800million could top the output of 10million South Koreans

It’s expensive in this country.

Are Japanese stupid? Of course not. But why did you spend so much money to buy a Korean sentence “no claim”?

Of course, the Americans forced Japan to buy it.


At that time, there was a talk between Japan and South Korea. During this meeting, Japan’s chief representative Kubota Junichiro publicly declared: “during Japan’s rule over the Korean Peninsula, Japan allocated tens of millions of yen every year to build railways, ports, farmland reclamation, water conservancy and so on, which contributed to the economic development of the Korean Peninsula, rather than plundering and oppression.”

This p sentence now sounds like it can cure good people’s low blood pressure. At that time, the South Korean representative left the table angrily to protest. Since then, the Japan ROK talks have been shelved for a long time.

During this period, it was the United States that constantly urged Japan to restart talks, normalize diplomatic relations, and assist South Korea in improving its economy to stabilize the political situation. Japan was forced to make a compromise and withdraw the “Kubota statement”.


Before the signing of the basic treaty between Japan and South Korea, Japan was still very dissatisfied with the amount of economic assistance, and also had some complaints about the Fishery Dispute between the two countries, and was even more obsessed with the Dokdo issue.

At the critical moment, the Americans are open again.

On August 29, 1964, the U.S. State Department sent assistant secretary of state for the Far East to visit Japan, urging the Japanese authorities to normalize diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea as soon as possible.

Bandy said in a speech entitled “progress and issues in East Asia – American views” delivered in Tokyo: “As a big country, Japan has the special responsibility to solve outstanding cases with its weak neighbors. South Korea is a fortress to defend against aggressive forces that threaten the peace in the Far East. Japan’s attitude is closely related to whether South Korean nationals can maintain independence and achieve economic prosperity. The normalization of diplomatic relations between these two great countries will be a major contribution to the overall situation of peace in Asia.”


This speech directly attributed all the responsibility for the obstruction of the negotiation on the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea to Japan. Japan felt the pressure of its eldest brother (the so-called eldest brother, such as that) and had no choice but to shelve the dispute. It spent a high price of $800million and bought Park Chung Hee with a sentence “give up the claim”.

It is said that Park Chung Hee was secretly complacent about corrupting Japan. Once he needed economic assistance in the future, he would take out the history of Japanese colonization and shout. Naturally, the United States stood up and told Japan to stop his mouth by giving him money.

Needless to say, Japan hated the Yankees and Park Chung Hee for this matter, but what they didn’t know at that time was that the more hateful was still ahead.

In the 1980s, the rapid growth of Japan’s economy made Americans feel threatened. While the United States launched a trade war against Japan, it lifted South Korea and Japan in the field of semiconductors, Helping South Korea’s semiconductor industry.


After 1985, the increase in the market share of Japanese DRAM manufacturers was considered to have sacrificed the interests of American manufacturers, and the trade conflict between the United States and Japan was intensifying.

In order to offset Japan’s competitive advantage, conservatives in the U.S. political and economic circles, on the one hand, created the “Toshiba incident”, arrested and fined Toshiba for secretly selling machine tools, and also forced Japan to sign the U.S. – Japan semiconductor agreement, requiring the opening of the market, ensuring the market share of other countries and 100% punitive tariffs.

On the other hand, these American executives transferred semiconductor technology to South Korea, invested and built factories in cooperation with Samsung, and lobbied the U.S. government and Congress to take care of South Korea in terms of tariffs, imposing a tariff of only 0.74%. This is quite different from the 100% tax rate borne by Japanese manufacturers.


At that time, the world’s largest consumer electronics market belonged to the United States, and Japan and South Korea also relied heavily on the United States for technology and equipment. The preference of the United States for South Korea has enabled South Korea to rise without fear in the semiconductor industry.

This is really a world where only Japanese are injured

In addition to the pressure of South Korea on Japan in these big joints, the United States will also embolden South Korea on many small issues. When successive U.S. Presidents visit South Korea, South Korea will hold a banquet. On top of this state banquet, South Korea will always arrange a seafood caught near Dokdo for the president of the United States to taste.


The Presidents were also very proud. After eating, they wiped their mouths and said it tasted good, as if they didn’t care where it came from.

Japan is so angry that it will strongly protest to South Korea every time. The South Korean government is “stupid to ignore you”. Next time the president of the United States comes to dinner, his nephew will play a lantern – Zhao uncle (old).

It should be noted that in the diplomatic field, the United States has repeatedly claimed that it will remain neutral in the disputes between its allies and will not favor one side. After all, as a hegemonic country, it has too many allies, and it is not happy to point out who it is with. The big brother who pulls aside everywhere is unpopular.


In that case, why should the United States be so happy to pull the sideline on the issue of Japan and South Korea and make trouble for Japan?

The reason is that the United States is too wary of Japan.

After all, since the founding of the United States, in addition to being a vegetable chicken in the early 19th century, the White House was defeated by British Canada, and the mainland has hardly encountered the threat of war. However, all wars are in other people’s houses, and their own courtyards are only responsible for drinking wedding wine and never get involved.

However, in 1941, Japan unexpectedly sneaked into Pearl Harbor and caught Americans by surprise. This crazy behavior naturally led to the beating of Americans, and also made the United States very afraid of Japan.


In 1945, after the US army occupied Japan, which was barbecued by Li Mei and looked like the surface of the moon, it still thought that Japan was a threat.

At that time, U.S. State Department official lamore proposed that Japan was a “dangerous competitor” of the United States, and advocated depriving Japan of “the power to engage in aggression”, disarming its munitions industry, attacking the chaebol, and making Japan subordinate to the United States.

This argument became the policy thought of the United States towards Japan in the first two years after the war. In September and November 1945, the United States successively issued two documents, the “policy towards Japan” and the “basic directive”, which related to the occupation and control of Japan, and proposed that the goal of the occupation was “to ensure that Japan will not become a threat to the United States in the future”.


Although with the establishment of new China and the outbreak of the Korean War, Japan has become the United States’ anti Communist base in East Asia, but the wariness has not been put down, so there are the above-mentioned tricks to promote South Korea and suppress Japan.

And distrust of Japan is shared by both parties in the United States. It can be seen that it was the democratic regime that forced Japan to make concessions in aid to South Korea in the 1960s, while it was the republican regime that transferred technology and opened the market to South Korea in the semiconductor field in the 1980s.

Although there are contradictions between the two parties, they have quite a consensus on the rectification of Japan.


For the Democratic Party, Japan has been ruled by conservative forces for a long time, and the far right hates democratic politics and the peaceful constitution. Liberals cannot fully trust such a right-wing regime that is likely to run riot at any time; For the Republican Party, the threat of Japanese militarism and economic rise to American security cannot be ignored, and beating Japan has become a common occurrence.

So, for the United States, is there a better tool to use than the naturally Anti Japanese South Korea?

You can see, in the group photo of the NATO summit, Yin Xiyue was pulled behind Biden in a very important position, while Fumio Kishida was sent to the corner of the last row. This is not Biden’s hint to Yin Xiyue: improve Japan South Korea relations, knock with him! Don’t be afraid. I’ll support you with my big brother!


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