东亚的爱国者和民粹主义者

东京—在面临国内压力的时候,就会把矛头转向外部。这个简单的道理在评估东海和南海紧张的主权争议时特别有用。

尽管中国已经卷入了范围最广、激烈程度最甚的争议,但它最大的不幸处在韩国和日本之间,而这两个国家都是民主国家,有着几乎相同的战略利益。8月10日,韩国总统李明博访问了日韩争议了60年的竹岛(韩国称独岛)。四天后,在韩国国立教育大学的演讲中,他将紧张局势又往前推了一部,这样告诫日本帝国主义者的登岛计划:“要开可以,但得先就历史进行道歉。”

尽管在总统任期内成绩出众,但李明博还是在任期快结束时高调展示自己的民族主义/反日立场。他的任期将于2013年2月结束。事实上,他强硬到了无视日本首相关于他登岛的意见的程度。

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