The Taft Katsura Agreement Suggested That America Would Support Japanese Control Of Which Country

If plantation owners had not had the immigrants, they would not have had the opportunity to create the prosperous plantations that led to wealth and political power for their owners. Moreover, the Yangban, suspected of a military coup that would end their power, had not set up and financed a strong national army and instead relied on their longtime protectors, the Chinese, for national security. The strategic incompetence of not forming a strong domestic army became clear when, in 1871, U.S. Marines defeated and briefly occupied the Korean defenders of Kangwha-do Island, at the mouth of the Han River. This embarrassment of the Korean military eventually led to the signing of the 1883 Jemulpo Agreement between the United States and Korea. This treaty confirmed friendly relations between the United States and Korea. As far as Minister Chung is concerned, I am in favor of Korea becoming independent, but once again, the Korean government will say all these things about autonomy, because it is good for the Korean “Minjoks”, but what they actually do are two separate things…