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Korea’s Neutrality Policy And The Russo-Japanese War

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This chapter re-examines Russo-Korean relations with regard to the Russo-Japanese War. It re-evaluates the relations between Korea's neutrality and pro-Russian policies in the lead-up to the Russo-Japanese War from a new perspective in an effort to throw into relief the direct connections between the war and Korea. The breakdown of cooperative links between Korea and Russia signified that Russia's strategic interests had shifted away from Korea to Manchuria. Korea's neutrality policy was formed after the strategy of dependence on Russia broke down, accompanied by the construction of the containment mechanism between Russia and Japan. It was based on the premise of breaking its links with Russia in 1898 and no more cooperation between the two countries in real terms. The Korean neutrality policy which developed in the space between Russia and Japan was not enough to prevent the war.

Keywords: Korea's neutrality policy; Korea's pro-Russian policy; Russo-Japanese war



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