The International Herald Tribune (IHT) has published an August 28 article on Dokdo by Choe Sang-Hun entitled "A fierce Korean pride in a lonely group of islets."
The IHT article comes out just one day after an Associated Press (AP) article by Kim Hyun-jin entitled "SKorean emotions run high over island dispute."
Is it just coincidence that two different articles written by two different men with Korean names have the same theme?
No, it is probably not a coincidence. Both of the men were probably part of the group of foreign journalists carried out to the islets this week on a South Korean Coast Guard ship as part of a government-sponsored tour, as was mentioned in the IHT article. However, I do not really understand why both articles seem to have the same theme, which is that Dokdo is more than just rocks to Koreans, and they will fight to keep them. Is that the message the Korean government wanted to send?
What was the message the Korean government was hoping to send by sponsoring this foreign press tour of Dokdo? Were they simply trying to tell the world, "We have control of the rocks and we are keeping them"?
Is it just coincidence that Korea's Chosun Ilbo posted an article today (August 29) entitled "Japan 'Should Recognize Korea's Effective Control of Dokdo,'" where it was reported that the "renowned Japanese economic and social critic Kenichi Omae" has urged the Japanese government to admit Korea's "effective control" of the Dokdo islets?
Is the Korean government now trying to take the attention off the history of Dokdo (Liancourt Rocks) and put it on "effective control"? If that is Korea's plan, then I think it is a good one because Korea's historical argument for the islets is so weak that to continue to focus on it would end up causing Korea a great deal of embarassment as the historical facts become known to the rest of the world.