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South Korea turns tourist resort into weapon (2)

(Global Times)

09:36, September 07, 2011

Some Koreans argue those in favor of building the base are a special interest group and normal people are opposed to the plan. If so, why didn’t they take the opposition of local residents into account? In my opinion, since the opposed voices did not stop the base from being built, we can think of the military base as a diplomatic and military action by South Korea toward China.

This kind of behavior should receive strong responses from China and Chinese society. The Chinese government should show its opposition and the Chinese public should act.

According to the original development, more than 300,000 Chinese tourists will travel to Jeju Island annually and bring over hundreds of billions of Korean won in foreign exchange with them. Now the South Korean government wants to earn the money of Chinese tourists and threaten the tourists’ home country by force at the same time. We should make South Koreans realize that this is impossible.

In the past years, China has reiterated its belief in a good neighbor policy in the region. However, the doubts and defensiveness of the South Korean government and society to China has still increased. They often use some sensitive moves to cause conflict.

China will still insist on a friendly neighbor policy and show its determination to rise peacefully. But we should still protest the military base on Jeju Island. In order to maintain the long-term peace of the region, China should take actions, including economic sanctions, to react to provocative moves like this without hesitation.

The author is the director of the Frontier Research Institute under the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences.

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Ming at 2011-11-1196.250.106.*
South Korea is not perfect. But Japan can be very dangerous if we are distracted by such petty issues. We must unite with BOTH Koreas to resist the Japanese on Dokdo and Diaoyu.
RaheSWZekCSbemrmh at 2011-10-15107.20.182.*
Do you have more great artiecls like this one?
IIAdXRPKKEm at 2011-10-04206.130.122.*
We've arvried at the end of the line and I have what I need!
Boycott South Koreans at 2011-09-17198.96.180.*
Boycott South Korean products.
ding kwon at 2011-09-1168.122.32.*
unlike what one commentator ("just me") said, there shouldn"t be more military build-up on jeju or in china or an intensification of regional hostilities. also, a message to "PD User": you are sorely mistaken if you think that this naval base on jeju represents the wishes of the south korean people! there has been nothing democratic about the coercive, shamefully dishonest process behind these naval base plans. the people do not want this base, and they do not stand to gain. to be clear: the people of jeju do not want to be a pawn in a misbegotten defense perimeter that rings china. not is this ultimately just about national defense--it"s about corporate profits (lockheed martin, samsung, hyundai) and military hubris violating one of the most beautiful patches of earth and trammeling the wishes of the people who actually live there.

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