o you remember the books you read, when you were a child? Maybe your
parents brought you many famous books with titles such as Cinderella, Hansel
und Gretel, and the Three Little Pigs. When your parents gave
them to you, your parents expected you to read the
books and think about many profound ideas. Among the many
books your parents gave you, there was probably a book called,
"Les Trois Mousquetaires" (The Three Musketeers, The Trio). The main characters
were Aramis, Porthos, and Athos. Together, these three people with D'Artagnan
fought Cardinal Richelieu. They defeated this rascal, and thus, they affected on society.
This book has affected our lives. When you were an
elementary school student, you occasionally gathered together with two other
students. In that time, we said to ourselves that we are like the Trio. On the
other hand, the novel has also affected movies, too. When we translate other
countries' movie titles, we usually use the novel's title for the movie's title.
The Three Musketeers is friendly with our lives. Even though we do not know the
story that well, it is a close part of your life.
Now, we need to construe a new
Trio. In a global society, a very grand and huge Trio is appearing on the
international community stage. We are calling this Trio, BESETO (Beijing, Seoul,
and Tokyo). They are leading Asia to an advanced worldwide stage. BESETO means
that three countries' (China, Korea, and Japan) have economic ties. The concept
was derived from each country's capital city's name.
October 1993 in Tokyo, the mayor of Seoul insisted
that the three countries would become the economic center in the international
world. Therefore, he believed we need to make the three countries tied as one
In fact, their economic power was known and admitted
by other countries over long time. However, it was limited only to the economic
field. Recently it is affecting other fields, such as international politics,
multi-cultural changes, and global societal changes. In these current
circumstances, many famous international relations specialists are predicting
their bright future.
At present, an official BESETO is not organized among
these countries. However, there have been many trials to make a foundation for
After the concept of BESETO was
declared, the BESETO Theatre Festival has been held among the three countries
every year. This year, Uijeongbu's local government in Korea held the festival.
Additionally, from 2002, the BESETO Opera Company have circulated performances
among the three countries.
There are many endeavors among each of these
countries in the field of sports, too. Since the 2002 FIFA WORLD CUP KOREA AND
JAPAN games, the three countries have held BESETO soccer and volleyball
competitions. They are making a good place for active communication between each
Finally, there is also the BESETO cultural
Comparative Festival held for the purpose to understand each country's
traditional cultures. From 2003, the BESETO agricultural forum has been active
in Eastern Asia.
Among these trials, we especially need to know the
cultural field, since these BESETO's trials are more active than the other
fields. The BESETO Theatre Festival is a representative example. In 1994, they
thought that the world would become a more dramatic inter-cultural circumstance.
They predicted that there would be less isolation, more inter-communication and
frequent meetings in the future. They insisted that active cultural
communication is the correct answer to overcome bad conflicts among these
countries, so they established the BESETO Theatre Festival and decided to have a
place for communication. Chung-Ang University's theatre troupe from the College
of Art has attended the BESETO Theatre Festival in 2004.
The following is their related declaration, which
represents their rudimentary spirit very well.
|1. BESETO Theatre Festival meets
to encourage the spirit of performance through inter-communication between
each country. |
2. BESETO Theatre Festival meets for the identity of
Eastern Asia performance and aesthetics possibilities.
Theatre Festival meets to think about our lives and future as human beings
in a dramatically changing world.
4. BESETO Theatre Festival meets to
overcome historical conflicts and increase cultural communication among
these three countries.
5. BESETO Theatre Festival meets to understand
and know well these three
Moreover, there have been
policies implemented to integrate each country's spaces. A representative
example is the BESETO Travel Belt. It is a plan that asks each country to try to
tie the countries into one tourist route. They thought that the BESETO Travel
Belt would be the best places foreigners would want to tour in the future. Thus,
they have planned related policies and propelled negotiations to make it become
true. They have constructed integrated images about travel and tour recourses
among these three countries. They linked each country's capitals and advertised
its plans to the whole world.
Because of the BESETO policy, Seoul chose to officially
develop and invest in Gim Po airport as a BESETO stronghold airport. In fact,
for a long time ago, economic groups have requested that the airline BESETO belt
be part of the national administration for it will contribute to activate East
Asian economic business. They want Gim Po airport to become an East Asian short
distance shuttle airport. At first, Korea government refused this request, but
they understand the future importance of BESETO, and the fact that Korea become
a center of BESETO if we plan well and systemically implement our scheme toward
it. Therefore, they accepted the proposal and have propelled the project forward
to make Gim Po Airport an airline center, and a hub for BESETO.
Because of these circumstances, some finance companies made
a BESETO fund. The BESETO Foreign Investment Fund has been formed, so that
people can invest and regain profits from the project. They are thinking that it
has very high profit rates, but low risk rates. This fund is very famous for
people interested in economic investment.
▲ Left : A BESETO
stronghold, Gimpo airport
Air shuttle users between Gimpo and Haneda
In addition, there are some trials they are
investigating together for their original currency. They negotiate integration
of their present currencies. They can hold stronger momentary system.
In the future,
it will be obvious that the influence of BESETO will become huge toward a
worldwide society. They will meet their grand position. Some scholars are
expecting that BESETO will take on similar positions as the current EU (European
Union) or NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) in the international
society. However, there are many problems among these three countries, too. They
have very strong ethnic spirits. They share historical conflicts between
themselves, and their diplomatic relations have been stiff. Nevertheless, it is
important to watch its movement carefully. If these three countries will solve
these problems that are in front of them, their power will be more grater than
present. It is a strong worldwide organization. Therefore, we have to look at
the BESETO Trio, China, Korea, and Japan.
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