1 14KOREAN STUDIES, VOL. 22 the U.N. This approach may be somewhat narrow, as their rivalry was not so limited. An integral part of their "fight for legitimacy" included a Cold War quest for recognition by countries seen as 'automatic supporters' of their opponent. South Korea was remarkably active in wooing East European communist countries during the early 1970s, and North Korean policy toward Japan was similarly aimed at winning diplomatic recognition. (In the case of some West European countries, North Korea even managed to achieve this goal). Western Europe, the USA, Japan, China, and the USSR constituted an increasingly important front for both Seoul's and Pyongyang's diplomatic campaigns. However, Gills mentions this only briefly and almost always in passing. For example, he dedicates only one page (205) to the DPRK's extremely important and rather successful "diplomatic offensive" in Western Europe in the early 1970s. This inattention is only remedied (and rather abruptly at that) at the end of the book. The last chapter, dealing with the success of the ROK "Nordpolitik," focuses a fair bit of attention on relations between South Korea and (former) communist nations, but one cannot quite agree with Gills that "South Korea's breakthrough
Korean Studies – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Mar 30, 1998
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