There’s no territorial dispute, Dokdo is an integral part of Korea
This refers to Sreeram Chaulia’s article Time to make a sea change in policies (October 8). The article contains statements that are inaccurate and misleading. The expression in the fifth line of the first
paragraph reads as “Peripheral territorial claims by Taiwan and South Korea are adding to the melee.” Dokdo is indisputably an integral and inherent part of Korean territory historically, geographically and under international law. The territorial claim by Japan is fabricated and is merely an attempt to take advantage for political purposes. In the second paragraph, the author while referring to the island in the East Sea adopts the simultaneous use of Dokdo/Takeshima but overlooks this practice of simultaneous use of East Sea/Sea of Japan while referring to the sea area between the Korean Peninsula and the Japanese archipelago. The Inter-national Hydrographic Organisation in April this year rejected a proposal by Japan to stick to the single use of the Sea of Japan name to refer to the body of waters separating it from the Korean Peninsula. I am afraid that Dokdo/Takeshima in the single use of Sea of Japan may lead your readers to think that Japan’s claim over Dokdo is valid. Therefore, the author should have called it Dokdo instead of Takeshima or at least called it Dokdo/Takeshima as Japan does. Similarly, he should have used East Sea instead of Sea of Japan or at least called it East Seas/Sea of Japan concurrently.
-Kim Seong-Choon, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Korea
FDI can’t solve all problems
This refers to Dipankar Bhattachrya’s article For a few dollars more (October 8). I agree with most, not all, of the views of the writer. While FDI in aviation may help the sector get back on its feet once again, foreign investment in the pension and insurance sectors may not yield the desired results. These sectors need better administration and policies more than investments. .
-Ramesh Sinha, Gurgaon
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