SKorea, China Forging Close Ties!
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#1 Jun 5, 2013
Military Heads of China, S. Korea Raise Ties to New Level
The top generals of China and South Korea met in Beijing Tuesday to expand strategic military cooperation to unprecedented levels in an effort to warn Pyongyang against more provocations.
The most unusual aspect of the meeting is the fact that the S. Korean Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Jung Seung-jo flew to Beijing aboard a C-130 military transport, the first time that a S. Korean military leader has done so. Generals dont fly to other nations in military planes unless the two nations are close, trusted allies. Even when top N. Korean general Choe Ryong-hae visited Beijing last month as a special envoy of Kim Jong-un, he took a commercial flight.
It is a sensitive issue for a high-ranking military officer to travel to another country aboard a military aircraft, said a JCS official told Chosun Ilbo.Thats possible only when there is trust between the two sides. The move should have a psychological impact on North Korea.
Another sign that the meeting is intended to usher in a new era of closer military cooperation is the fact that Jungs meeting with his Chinese counterpart Gen. Fang Fenghui lasted over an hour and a half. It had been expected to last thirty minutes.
The meeting is part of the groundwork for the upcoming visit to Beijing later this month by S. Korean president Park Geun-hye for a summit with President Xi Jinping. One of the key items on the agenda for the summit will be finding ways to deter N. Korean provocations.
It was the first meeting between the two nations JCS chairmen since 2007, and the sixth overall. But earlier meetings had established mostly symbolic military ties, including an agreement to create a high-level military hotline which has yet to be implemented. Tuesdays meeting resulted in an agreement to create the hotline and to maintain regular phone contact, facilitating a joint response to any provocation by Pyongyang.
The nations also plan to resume regular consultations at the major general level to discuss joint deployments of troops to the Gulf of Aden to deter Somali pirates and to participate in UN peacekeeping operations. They will also discuss sending military representatives to each others anti-terrorism and weapons drills. The military chiefs plan to meet again in Seoul at a date to be determined.
The new level of military cooperation not only reduces the possibility of N. Korean military cooperation, but ushers in a new era in which China will play a larger role in the region, vying with the US for influence over one of Washingtons key allies.
Since: Nov 10
#2 Jun 5, 2013
reduce cooperation with N.Korea? How about N.korea? reporter said Kim III will visit beijing recently?
vying with usa to break its ally in east asia? possible? or just an illusion?
#4 Jun 28, 2013
Korean television dramas are hugely popular in Taiwan. Some of their actresses are drop dead gorgeous. My favorite is Han Ga In. Seoul is a nice party town with superb prostitutes but its hella expensive.
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