More than a hundred years ago, when the Russian Revolution was in the end of the “Tsar” was not very good.
Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 22 years in prison and could not be released from prison until the age of 87 at the latest.
Meanwhile, Uncle Hay notes that as Biden is about to become President of the United States, the new candidate for the White House National Security Council’s Asian Affairs Director has been announced – Kurt Campbell. It is also said that Campbell’s position as “Indo-Pacific Coordinator”; more public opinion compares it to “Tsar of Asia”.
I have to say that with the replacement of the President of the United States, the Asia-Pacific policy of the United States will indeed be adjusted. It is indeed very concerned, including Japan and South Korea.
Trump was sworn in as President of the United States on January 20, 2017.
The time for the Constitutional Court of South Korea passed Park Geun-hye’s impeachment case on March 10, 2017. At that time, she was immediately removed from the presidency of South Korea.
At that time, Trump, who was smug and faced with tsunami-like supporters, waved his fist and said, “Make America great again”. I don’t know if he thought about being impeached twice in his next four years in office at that time?
At present, the difference between Trump and Park Geun-hye is that Park was laid off immediately after her impeachment and arrested no later. He was admitted to the Seoul Detention Center on March 31 of that year; he was prosecuted for bribery and abuse of power on April 17; and was expelled from the Liberal Korea Party on November 3.
South Korea’s “Aipuhui” immediately organized people to immediately call for Trump’s help. Since then, whenever Trump visits South Korea, there has been a topic of discussion in the South Korean media – whether Trump will plead with Moon Jae-in and let Park Geun-hye go.
However, these topics generally belong to gossip news.
Time flies. On January 14, 2021, the Supreme Court of South Korea finally issued a final judgment on Park Geun-hye’s “crony interference in politics” case and the case of receiving “special activities funds” from the National Intelligence Agency–
Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
And impose a fine of 18 billion won
Recovery of 3.5 billion won in proceeds of crime.
In addition to the previous two-year sentence for interfering in the parliamentary election, Park Geun-hye’s sentence is 22 years.
For Trump, he is still the President of the United States. Impeached for the second time. When he was last impeached, the Republican-held Senate helped him.
After the “King of Qin” captured Congress on January 6, Zhao Xiaolan, the wife of the Senate majority, Republican leader Mitch McConnell, immediately resigned as the Secretary of Transport in the Trump administration.
This shows McConnell’s 180-degree shift in his attitude towards Trump, as Uncle Hay feels. Can Trump cross the “impeachment barrier” again? At present, it is much more difficult than the previous time.
After all, McConnell can think that it was Trump who lost his next Senate majority leader position, and for the next midterm election, McConnell may also pass this impeachment to eliminate Trump, a “outromatic” from the Republican Party.
In this regard, Uncle Hai only asked – Park Geun-hye was sent to prison after being impeached. This time, if Trump succeeds in impeaching, will he go to prison?
The so-called “Indo-Pacific Strategy” is a term that Trump made trouble after he came to power. During the Obama era, the United States did not explicitly use the term “Indo-Pacific Strategy”.
At that time, the little brothers of the United States and Japan and South Korea talked most about “Asia-Pacific rebalancing”.
After Trump came to power, he made various subversions of Obama-era policies – aimed at the domestic, such as the total denial of health insurance policy; internationally, various withdrawals marked by withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Agreement.
But Uncle Hai feels that Trump’s policies in the Asia-Pacific region and Obama-era are only adjusting, or even closer to China. For example, the “Indo-Pacific Strategy” was launched in February 2018.
In the later period of Park Geun-hye’s presidency, whether it was “THAAD’s entry into South Korea” or the Sino-South Korean fisheries dispute and other events, there was a shadow of “Asia-Pacific rebalancing” in the United States.
However, South Korea did not get too much benefit from the “Asia-Pacific Rebalancing”. Instead, it has made a lot of gains in its relations with China, at least the economic losses are not small. After Trump launched the “Indo-Pacific Strategy”, South Korea learned to be better.
Moon Jae-in authorities have some words catering to Trump on the one hand, and on the other hand, they have not been too active in joining the “Indo-Pacific Strategy”. For example, South Korea will not participate in the joint military exercises of the United States, Japan, India and Australia.
In November 2019, South Korea and the United States jointly issued a briefing under the title “South Korea and the United States strive to enhance cooperation between the New Southern Policy and the Indo-Pacific Strategy”.
When reporting in South Korea Daily, the briefing was said: “The briefing represents the compromise between South Korea and the United States and the conflicting goals.
The United States has been trying to include South Korea in the “Indo-Pacific strategy” aimed at curbing China, while South Korea has tried to avoid ‘engaged’ in the United States’ “containment network”.
In the last minute, the Trump administration announced the confidential document of the “Indo-Pacific Strategy” in advance, undoubtedly forcing the next U.S. government to continue its “Indo-Pacific Strategy” route.
However, these days, the Biden team should not be in the opinion. It announced Kurt Campbell, the future candidate for the head of Asian affairs of the White House National Security Council. You know, this gentleman is the main designer of Obama’s “Asia-Pacific Rebalancing”.
He was awarded the Secretary of State’s Outstanding Service Award in 2013, which is the highest honor of the U.S. diplomatic community. In 2016, Hillary’s team would have liked him to be Secretary of State.
Such a heavyweight is now “competent” to the head of Asian affairs. No wonder someone has named him the “Tsar of Asia”. Ha ha. Uncle Hai wants to say that more than a hundred years ago, when the Russian Revolution, the final outcome of the “Tsar” was not very good. Campbell does have different means to contain China as the Trump administration.
This should attract our attention. For example, if he adheres to the road of “competition first, fighting without breaking”, will the current Moon Jae-in authorities return to Park Geun-hye’s era?
When Park Geun-hye was elected President of South Korea in January 2013, it was Campbell who went to South Korea to transmit a letter from then-U.S. President Barack Obama congratulating him on his election as President of South Korea.
Now let’s reflect on this old news. Maybe later this year, Campbell will visit South Korea on behalf of Biden. In Seoul, can he remember Park Geun-hye, an old friend?