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In his Oct. 4 article, “Solution to North Korean problem,” professor Thomas J. Schoenbaum writes of a united Asia with complete freedom of movement among member countries. He says this will be possible in about 20 years.

While I wholeheartedly applaud his optimism, 20 years seems far too short a time for such a change to occur. Asia is not Europe, and while it may be tempting to make projections based on the European model, it is not a very realistic point of view. One only need consider the atmosphere of mutual distrust that exists among Northeast Asian countries. In Asia resentments run deep and ideological change takes place at a considerably slower pace than in Europe.

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