“However, this did not prevent the Korean leaders, after the signing of the Portsmouth Agreement, from arguing on this point that “good offices” meant a defence pact with then-President Teddy Roosevelt, but Roosevelt refused to meet with them and rejected their demands. Can you blame him? Perhaps he did not show “good service” by refusing to meet with them, but no, wherever the agreement stipulates that Koreans have exclusive access to the American president. They said, “I ™m, if you guess you think the Japanese were more motivated in going to war, killing Koreans and being sub-jugators, that is the most strategic reasonS I mentioned. South Korea has much to say for defending Communism Korea, but there are no statues that hate it in Korea. Let us take China today, for example, they know, if they want to be South Korean, if the American forces leave and do not help them, but they would not try because of the cost to the Chinese armed forces because of a strong national army. Moreover, the loss of international prestige of the Chinese would be enormous because of the strong international relations that koreans developed with other nations, unlike the leaders of Yangban at the end of the 19th century. China is content to hegemony South Korea with economic power only with real military power. If South Korea does not have a strong national army and even stronger international relations, who will say that history does not repeat itself? The Sino-Japanese War (June 1894-April 1895) between Japan and China was Japan`s first attempt to exercise its new power by force. It is important not to want to lose the long period of the Korean ruling class, the Yangban, its privileged place in Korean society and to have long tried to keep Korea isolated from the rest of the world.
It is the term “hermit kingdom.” They feared that the opening up of the country and the economy would dilute their power in Korea. However, tensions have not subsided and an open war between Russia and Japan would break out. The Russo-Japanese War (February 1904 – May 1905) ended with the defeat of the Russian army and the destruction of almost all of the Russian navy by the Japanese. This victory gave the Japanese undisputed control not only over the Korean peninsula, but also over the whole of Manchuria. This victory had also shown the world that the Japanese were a country that, by its defeat against the Russian army, had to be respected as an equal country like any Western nation. As for the resources of Korea itself, Korea has resources that could be exploited by Japan, but the ultimate goal of the Japanese-Japanese War was the conquest of Manchuria, which the colonial powers wanted for themselves, which eventually led to the Russo-Japanese War, where they obtained Manchuria and its wealth of resources. But instead of settling there, the Japanese were comforted by their success and continued to insist on more and more territory in the coming decades, which led to their final defeat during World War II. The numbers have absolute and relative values. 7,000 people died in Korea, far more than the undetermined number executed by the Japanese after the riots. My point is not that these 7,000 lives were worthless. The fact is that relatively few Koreans died to resist the Japanese occupation, whether armed or unarmed.
The small armies, which were fighting the Japanese in North Korea from 1905, were defeated in 1910 or pushed into Manchuria. A defence pact would be a formal document in itself, as the United States and Korea have today, that clearly defines the responsibilities of each party. It is almost certain that if Korea wanted a defence pact with the United States at the time, the United States would have requested a military presence within Korea that Yangban`s leadership did not want. The United States did not have the naval capability it has today or near settlements from which it can move troops quickly to protect Korea from external attacks, so the signing of a mutual defense pact without a militai presence