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My personal opinion:|
It principally has to do with the thawing of tensions, and the warming of relations, of that which was once long time arch rival and natural born enemies of the East Asian continent -- China and Japan... Korea, IMO, was merely just an underdog here in a brutal game played out by Americans...
Ever since Junichiro Koizumi left office, practically every succeeding administration of Japan started cozying up to Beijing followed by reciprocal ministerial exchanges and then by friendly naval visits to the point of Presidential interchanges by both country; a proposal of an Northeast Asian Pack even; and, what's worst, Japan's immediate refusal to renew America's lease in Okinowa... All negative trends not in favor of the Americans...
The dilemma for America is this: If Japan starts to disregard the Americans in favor of [its interest to play a bigger role in the Asia Pacific theatre], disregard America it did, instead of continuing to permit itself to be nothing more but America's lap dog, which it was; then that's a worry I'm sure the Americans ain't gonna just persist; hence the attack on Toyota...
Yukio Hatoyama finally retracted on his Okinowa stance, the attacks on Toyota, clearly and visibly starts to subside. Presently, it's practically even none existent, so go figure...
Lee's Korea, of course, saw what happened to Toyota and probably knows Samsung might be next if he don't play ball with Washington. IMHO, Lee essentially had no option in the matter but to play his part as his part was expected to be played...
I think the North Koreans saw through that. For that reason, they kept their cool and permitted Wen Jiabao to play out China's balancing act to equalize the weight America had thrown in the Cheonan incident instead of starting a shooting war...
Again, my two cents worth of course...
[ Last edited by edisonone at 2010-6-1 01:31 PM ]