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Dennis P. Halpin
Dennis P. Halpin, a former Foreign Service Officer and senior Congressional staff, is a consultant on Asian issues.
All eyes in Asia will turn toward Tokyo this August on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War. Asians especially will be eager to hear what Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chooses to say – and to avoid saying – with regard to his country’s Pacific War legacy. There is, however, a second case of conflicting historic narratives regarding modern Asian history which is drawing scant attention. Yet this other historic disparity has the potential to have a far greater impact on the future of Korea, both North and South.
Xi’s remarks clearly spelled out the wide discrepancy between Chinese and North Korean views on the origins of that war and those of the Americans and South Koreans