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Politicians at the DMZ

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Every time an Australian politician visits South Korea, the DMZ is on the schedule. When they visit the DMZ they reinforce the image of South Korea as a war-torn developing country - an image which for some reasons still resonates in some parts of Australia. I wonder why?


Of course, Australian politicians are following a well-worn tradition... U.S. presidents and members of congress have been visiting the DMZ consistently since the Korea War to get that "I'm taking care of business" publicity shot. Trump at first decided not to, then changed his mind, but then was deterred by the weather


In the interests of public diplomacy, wouldn't it be better to push these visiting politicians to visit Gangnam? Enough of the crazy and misfortunate, and more of the funky music and dance!


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