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Unformatted text preview: stant, became the biggest variable in U.S. Asia policy. Prime Minister Hatoyama’s attempts to change the basic 2006 base agreement on Futenma and Okinawa, which the Obama administration had no intention of revising, set the course for a difficult and unproductive relationship. Hatoyama’s handling of this situation contributed to his downfall as prime minister, and the U.S. was left with a shaky South Korea relationship with Japan. Hatoyama’s successor, Kan Naoto, reverted to a more traditional approach to the alliance, which has improved the situation. But by the time Kan entered office, Obama’s rocky start with Tokyo had already set the stage for an adjustment of Japan’s historic “linchpin” position. This was probably the biggest strategic surprise for the Obama administration, something it clearly had not banked on. Engagement with China was terribly disappointing. Whether Obama was attempting to engage on climate change, counterproliferation, or North Korea, the Chinese did not step up in the way the administration had hoped. Beijing used events like the Copenhagen climate summit to flex its muscles as an emerging superpower, openly resisting proposals of the U.S. and other developed nations. The Obama administration even went so far as to postpone certain things that they knew would create friction in U.S.-China relations, including arms sales to Taiwan and a meeting between President Obama and the Dalai Lama, because U.S. officials hoped they would receive dividends in other areas. These preemptively offered compromises clearly did not bear the intended results. Obama’s plan to engage North Korea reaped similarly frustrating outcomes. Despite his administration’s extended hand, Pyongyang conducted a ballistic missile test in April 2009 and carried out its second nuclear test the following month. In March 2010, North Korea’s sinking of the Cheonan resulted in the deaths of 46 South Korean sailors and the further escalation of tensions. Pyongyang engaged in a new string of provocations in November, when it unveiled a highly sophisticated uranium enrichment facility to visiting U.S. nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker and launched an artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island, killing two South Korean marines and two civilians. These developments left the Obama team with an array of new North Korea-related challenges and little hope for speeding up the denuclearization process. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 42 Mercury Politics Korea War Impact – Conflict Ensures Escalation Any aggressive behavior would become global Rozoff, Global Realm columnist, 11 (Rick, Free-lance columnist for various organizations like The Global Realm and Liberty News, 5 January 2011, “U.S. Builds Military Alliance With Japan, South Korea For War In The East Posted”, , Accessed 7.7.11, SWolff) Last week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton summoned her Japanese and South Korean counterparts, Foreign Ministers Seiji Maehara and K...
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This note was uploaded on 01/14/2013 for the course POL 090 taught by Professor Framer during the Spring '13 term at Shimer.

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