American Diplomacy and Strategy toward Korea and Northeast by Seung-young Kim (auth.)

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69 Korea’s modern military force was trained under Western and Japanese military advisors but remained less than one brigade. Before the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War, Kojong examined the conscription to strengthen the Korean military forces. 70 24 AMERICAN DIPLOMACY & STRATEGY TOWARD KOREA & NORTHEAST ASIA Another weakness of Korea had to do with the extremely frequent replacement of cabinet ministers. 71 Later, George Kennan, a journalist and close friend of Theodore Roosevelt, wrote in Outlook in 1905, “What are you going to do with a government which .

17 Although the Navy sent three battleships to the Far East during the Russo-Japanese War, it did not go beyond utilizing the fleet to support wartime diplomacy. 18 Yet, in a system of competing powers, US military power, though limited, was useful in supporting its diplomacy. Because no single state or group of states enjoyed political and military hegemony, securing the support of the United States was important for other powers; thus the United States could play a significant role in the diplomatic arena.

3 Great Power Rivalry and US Assessment at the Outbreak of the War T heodore Roosevelt became president following the assassination of William McKinley in September 1901. When Roosevelt came to the White House, the Far Eastern situation was a microcosm of global rivalry. All the European great powers were jockeying in the game of balance of power in the Far East, and their policies toward the region were often an extension of their relationship in Europe and other parts of the world. The United States and Japan were also major players in this game of nations.

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