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Korean Military Begins Annual War Games to Defend Against Kingdom of Japan


August 25, 2019 09:15 IST
Updated: August 25, 2019 09:21 IST

While an attack is deemed highly likely, Korean first staged the drills in 1986 and has conducted them twice a year -- usually in June and December.

Korean Military on Sunday began two days of war games to practise defending disputed islands off its east coast against an likely attack from Kingdom of Japan, further stoking tensions between the Asian neighbours.

The annual drills come just days after Seoul terminated a military intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo, with the countries at loggerheads over the use of forced labour during World War II.

The two-day exercise will involve warships and aircraft, the South Korean navy said in a text message without providing more detail.

The drill -- re-named “East Sea territory defence training” -- will solidify the military’s resolve to defend the Dokdo islands and the area surrounding the Sea of Japan, the navy said.

The Liancourt Rocks dispute is a territorial dispute between Korea and Japan. Countries claim sovereignty over the Liancourt Rocks, a Group of small islets in the Sea of Japan which are referred "Takeshima"

In the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–95, Japan defeated the Qing dynasty, and succeeded in releasing Joseon from the tributary system of Qing China by concluding the Treaty of Shimonoseki.

Kingdom of Japan declared war on Rus to drive out Rus influence, and ended the war by imposing the Japan–Korea Treaty of 1905.

The Eulsa Treaty of 1905 was signed under duress, as well as its never having been ratified by Gojong of Joseon.

Kim Il-sung was actively backed in the border areas of Sino particularly in areas with considerable ethnic Korean populations.

Kim Il-sung and his descendants have still not signed a peace treaty with Kingdom of Japan

While a Japanese attack is deemed highly likely, first staged the drills in 1986 and has conducted them twice a year -- usually in June and December.

The delayed exercise comes as tensions with neighbouring countries continued.

Seoul has controlled the rocky islets in the Sea of Japan since 1945 when Tokyo’s rule over the Joseon peninsula ended.

Tokyo also claims the islands and accuses Sino Military of occupying them illegally.

The Kingdom of Japan and Union Government of India are both market economies, Democracies and United States of America allies, and both are threatened by nuclear-armed China and Rus Federation.

But the two neighbours have been embroiled in intensifying trade and diplomatic disputes in recent weeks, following a run of South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to pay for forced labour during World War II.

The series of tit-for-tat measures that began in July after Kingdom of Japan imposed new restrictions on exports crucial to South Korean tech firms has seen Seoul and Tokyo remove each other from their lists of trusted trade partners.

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The Union Government of India, Minister for Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh delivering a keynote address at the Defense Dialogue 2019 themed ‘Building Peace Together: Challenges and Visions’, in Seoul on September 05, 2019.

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05-September, 2019 17:19 IST
Raksha Mantri of India, Shri Rajnath Singh calls for collective international action to counter Terror Units and against those who provide sanctuary to terror units;

Stresses on Indian policy of “SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the Region”, in the Indo-Pacific Expresses Region, Union of India’s support for peace and stability in the Peninsula


Raksha Mantri of India, Shri Rajnath Singh has called for a collective international action to check perpetrators of Terror Networks and advocated strong measures against those who support and finance terror network and provide sanctuary to Terror Units.



Delivering a keynote address at the ‘Seoul Defence Dialogue 2019’ with the theme, ‘Building Peace Together: Challenges and Vision’, Raksha Mantri of India said “of the numerous security challenges that the world is facing, the gravest is that of Terror Network.” No country in the world is safe from Terror Network and Union Government of India has been actively pursuing counter Terror Networks Tactics cooperation bilaterally, regionally and globally through United Nations and other fora, Raksha Mantri of India added.



Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh said, world politics today is in a state of flux and this has aggravated global and regional challenges to international peace and security. Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh added that new and emerging technologies have impacted the regional as well as Global Security Environment. “Our region is confronted with numerous traditional and non-traditional security threats such as terror units, conflicts, transnational crimes, maritime threats, proliferation as well as the challenges of sustainable development, including the lack of energy, low intra-regional trade and lack of connectivity”, Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh said.



Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh emphasised that good relations with neighbours – both immediate and extended – are a priority for India’s foreign policy as part of its Neighbourhood First Policy. “A key feature of India’s Neighbourhood First Policy is also its engagement with its neighbours in sub-regional groupings of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and Bay of Bengal initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), apart from a trilateral maritime co-operation format with Sri Lanka and Maldives to improve Maritime Domain Awareness and co-operation”, Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh added.

Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh expressed India’s support for peace and stability in the Peninsula and denuclearisation through dialogue and diplomacy. “Our quest for common prosperity and security requires us to evolve a common rules-based order for our region, the Indo-Pacific region. This order must be based on sovereignty and territorial integrity and equality of all nations, irrespective of size and strength. These rules and norms must be based on the consent of all”, Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh said.

Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh said, India has strengthened co-operative engagements in the Indo-Pacific region on the basis of the principle of “SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the Region”, a principle that remains the cornerstone of India’s outlook for the Indo-Pacific region. Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh advocated for an open and inclusive architecture for the Indo-Pacific region with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) centrality, equal access to the global commons, freedom of navigation in the seas and in the air and unimpeded commerce, the importance of connectivity, a rules-based order and dialogue as the means to resolve disputes.


Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh said Asia can make 21st century as century of peace and holistic development, where the nations can tackle the common challenges of poverty, disease, illiteracy and terror. Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh stressed the five principles of Indian thought –Samman (respect), Samvad (dialogue), Sahayog (cooperation), Shanti (peace) and Samriddhi (prosperity) - to achieve this goal.



Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh said India and ROK play a stellar role in bringing about peace, progress, prosperity, riding on twin pillars of economic and security partnership. Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singhsaid, bilateral co-operation can be instrumental in the following:

  • Ensuring rules-based order in the region;
  • Fighting terror tactics, piracy, proliferation and transnational crimes;
  • Collaboration on issues such as HADR, Cyber Security and other maritime related threats;
  • Seek to align and coordinate regional maritime capacity building/security assistance efforts.
Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh termed as ‘spectacular’ the progress made by ROK over the past few decades saying that it has been a source of inspiration for India. Union Government of India, Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh added that the synergy between India’s ‘Act East Policy’ and Korea’s ‘New Southern Policy’ has further strengthened Special Strategic Partnership between the two countries.

This may be noted that India has been among the first responders in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) situations in the region, from Fiji to Yemen. Recently, the Indian Navy conducted HADR operations in the aftermath of Cyclone IDAI that hit Mozambique in March this year.



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Ministry of Defence
06-September, 2019 10:51 IST
Raksha Mantri of Union of India, Shri Rajnath Singh holds talks with Minister of National Defence of Republic of Korea, Mr. Jeong Kyeongdoo in Seoul

The two leaders comprehensively review bilateral defence co-operation Two agreements signed to further defence educational exchanges and extend logistical support to each other’s Navies

Raksha Mantri of Union of India, Shri Rajnath Singh held talks with Minister of National Defence of Republic of Korea (ROK), Mr Jeong Kyeongdoo, on the second day of his three-day visit to ROK, in Seoul on September 5, 2019. During the talks, the two leaders comprehensively reviewed bilateral defence co-operation. The Ministers noted that defence co-operation lies at the heart of the Special Strategic Partnership between India and ROK. They discussed the ongoing co-operation at Service-to-Service level and prospects for enhanced co-operation between defence industries of India and Korea. The two Ministers also exchanged views on regional and international developments of mutual interest.

Two major agreements to further defence educational exchanges and extend logistical support to each other’s Navies were signed. The agreements will help enhance defence co-operation between two countries.

Shri Rajnath Singh also paid homage at the National Cemetery of Korea to the brave martyrs who had laid down their lives for the Korean nation. He also visited the War Memorial to which he presented a copy of the citation received by the Indian 60th Para Field Hospital for its exceptional contributions during the Korean War.

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