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From Mao Zedong’s Thought of Independence and Self-reliance to Roh Moohyun’s Idea of “A Balancer in Northeast Asia”

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2008, (18), pp.379-387
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2008..18.015
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : November 30, 2008

장홍추 1

1배재대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

In 2005 South Korean President Roh Moohyun formally claimed that South Korea should play the role of “a balancer in Northeast Asia”. This is not only a vision of President Roh and his aides, but also an attempt of putting the Korean left-wing dream into practice. Korean left wing has dreamed the independence and self-reliance of Korea over a long period of time. President Roh has been ridiculed by the Korean right wing as the loyalest student of Lee Younghee, who is the forerunner of contemporary Korean left movement and whose thought has exerted an influence on the thought of President Roh, including Roh’s diplomatic idea of “a balancer in Northeast Asia”. Therefore, through Lee Younghee Roh’s idea of “a balancer in Northeast Asia” not only relates to the Korean left-wing tradition but also relates to the era of Mao Zedong and the thought of Mao.

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