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A Pearl In The East Sea

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The East-Asian region has been paid an utmost attention from the international community for a wide range of issues. One of the burning issues in the region is the territorial dispute between Japan and Korea over 'Dokdo'.

Dokdo is a group of rocky islets which includes 'Dongdo' and 'Seodo' long with other 89 small islets. Situated at 87.4 km from the southeast of Ulleungdo Island of Korea and 157.5 km from Oki Island of Japan, Dokdo is recognized for numbers of its inherent features. Lying in the warm current of East Sea, Dokdo is a home for many species of birds and flowers. It is a hub for fishing and maritime explorations. The area is believed to be flourished in natural resources. The ...view middle of the document...

There also exist strong historical evidences from Korean side which fuels this dispute over legitimate authority. Since the Silla Dynasty, the rulers had their influence on the islets. There are some notable ancient records advocating the islets as Korea's integral part. Sejong Sillok Jiriji of 1454, Sinjeung Dongguk Yeoji Seungnam of 1531 and Jeungbo Munheon Bigo of 1908 are some of the written documents in this regard. There is explicit presence of Korean Government in the islets. Korean authorities have deployed security personnel and other technical officials in Dokdo. Exclusive infrastructures for general access in the islets have been built by the Koran Government looking at the unparalleled prospects for tourism. Over 800 tourists visit Dokdo per day on an average from the Korean main-lands. Under these circumstances, the Korean Government's position is very clear on claiming its sovereignty over Dokdo as it is viewed, "Dokdo is an integral part of Korean territory, historically, geographically and under international law".

For the Korean people, there are a handful of reasons which made them Dokdo a subject of national pride. Therefore, it would be pertinent to express here some of the meanings that Koreans are firm on it.

Korean people believe that Dokdo is one of the organs of their body. Like a human brain controls its whole body, there is a legitimate presence of the Korean Government to have valid control over Dokdo. This is a testimony to the Korean people to understand that the islets belong to Korea.

Another meaning is based on proximity and togetherness. As Dokdo is almost 88 km from the southeast of Ulleungdo...

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