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Policy and Value Communication Conflict

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Current talks about the North Korean participation have bogged down, wth the latter walking out on its own and not setting any date for follow-up talks, wth concerns about who foots the bill, aong other things. Suth Korea has kept the door open for continuing dialogue, bt the impasse is very real and the Asian Games are drawing near (AFP; A; B; Ge). Te present conflict has deep policy and value communication roots, ad the context of the conflict gives many clues as to what those roots are.

representatives to the talks view the world from a different set of value system in comparison to South Korea, een though they share many other things in common underneath, sch as a shared language, ashared historical culture, ad the many small and subtle things that go with that. Teir policy and value communication conflicts have roots in their political and ideological inclinations and world views. I this case it is these conflicting ideological and political views which the two sides seem intent on bringing to the table, a fundamental which they define themselves.

Tat South Korea has a problem with the vagueness of who will foot the bill for the North Korean contingent, ad that North Korea is intent on bringing a large contingent of cheerleaders, ae not trivial details that contributed to the impasse, bt can be construed on the one hand as reflecting those conflicting values. Suth Korea is coming from a place where financial considerations and practicality are important, wereas North Korea is coming from a place where cheerleader contingents form part of the North presents itself to the world.

Fr North Korea, te implicit value message is that ideology and the keeping up of appearances of a large contingent are more important than the pragmatic concerns of South Korea over the practicality of the financial aspects of the arrangement. Nrth Korea seems incapable of compromising on these, ad therefore walked out. Te further implicit message is that in terms of the hierarchy of values, i is North Korea who places ideological values on top of any other value, ad the rigidity which they to the talks imply that they will not yield or change their order of values and the policies that the values reflect for “mere” financial considerations (AFP; A; B; CA Factbook).

I this type of conflict, ad given the deep ideological rift and the history of war between the two sides, i seems. ..

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