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Why a military spat between Japan and South Korea could snowball into crisis - CNN
CNN Japan and South Korea are engaged in a heated military dispute that analysts say could damage the already tenuous geopolitical situation in northeast Asia if the two sides do not reach a resolution. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. A photograph released by the South Korean Defense Ministry appears to show a Japanese plane as seen on board one of its destroyers, the Dae Joyeong, on Wednesday. The spat began December 20 after an encounter between a Japanese plane, which Tokyo said was collecting intelligence, and a South Korean destroyer, which Seoul said was on a humanitarian mission.
South Korea-Japan trade fight risks 'further escalation'
With tensions running high, Japan and South Korea should be reminded about their convergence of interests and potential ways that they could—and should—cooperate to confront their present and future challenges. Ties between South Korea and Japan are in a free-fall. Jung H.
After the division of Korea , Japan and South Korea had established diplomatic relations in December , under the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea , with Japan recognizing South Korea as the only legitimate government of the whole Korean peninsula. In recent years, however, the relationship has greatly deteriorated due to many disputes , including the territorial claims on Liancourt Rocks Dokdo or Takeshima , Japanese prime ministers' visits to Yasukuni Shrine , and differing views on Imperial Japan's treatment of colonial Korea , as well as Japan's refusal to negotiate Korea's demands that it apologize or pay reparations for mistreatment of World War II comfort women from Korea. In line with the reconciliation treaties, Japan continued to improve its relations with South Korea.