Last week, South Korean President Park Geun Hye attended the military parade for China’s 70th anniversary commemoration of the end of World War Two. Officially billed as a celebration of fascism’s defeat, it looked like anything but.
More than one analyst noted the obvious incongruence of observing fascism’s end with a giant military extravaganza, complete with goose-steeping soldiers and flashy hardware displays. Chinese President Xi Jinping attempted to take the edge off the bullying, nationalist signaling by declaring a force down-sizing, but that likely will not assuage China’s nervous neighbors.
Except perhaps for South Korea.
Unlike leaders from many parts of the …read more