Of course that's what they want. It's the Defense Contractors and War manufacturers who now want Jeju.........* Jeju islanders want love, pioglitazone not war http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/13/93/f7/jeju-island-taken-at.jpg By Matthew Reiss Plans for a missile base on South Korea's Jeju island, pioglitazone 450 kilometers, pioglitazone from Shanghai have threatened to disturb a precarious balance of power in the East China Sea. Pioglitazone But Washington's aspirations to use the base have been blocked by residents of the island. The administration of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak announced commitments in 2008 and 2009 to purchase and deploy a fleet of Aegis destroyers equipped with US anti-ballistic missile and radar systems, pioglitazone built jointly by Hyundai and Lockheed-Martin. Pioglitazone To date, pioglitazone opposition to construction of the base and a pending lawsuit have delayed preparation of a home port for the ships. Pioglitazone But following the March 26 sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan, pioglitazone the government has grown less tolerant of dissent. The Cheonan incident has also accelerated preparation of a long-term US deployment in the region, pioglitazone including talk that a US carrier group may arrive shortly. Pioglitazone ABC TV reported the proposal, pioglitazone which the Department of Defense subsequently denied. Pioglitazone With the decision on the Jeju naval base remaining in abeyance, pioglitazone however, pioglitazone China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has not announced its response. The use of Jeju for bellicose purposes has long seemed counter-intuitive to its inhabitants. Pioglitazone The island was declared a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, pioglitazone Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2007 due to its unique geological and natural characteristics. Pioglitazone It has become a model for Asia's ecotourism industry - and a favorite of Korean honeymooners, pioglitazone who get free sex-education classes at the Jeju Loveland theme park. Pioglitazone The tourist economy is complemented by exports of seafood, pioglitazone livestock and agricultural products. The Korean government sought public approval for siting the naval base at the Jeju villages of Hwaseon in 2002, pioglitazone and Miwi in 2005, pioglitazone but the proposal was rejected. Pioglitazone When the base was proposed for Gangjeong in 2007, pioglitazone 94% of villagers opposed deployment. Pioglitazone Pressure for the base has grown since construction of the new fleet was announced. Pioglitazone Opponents of the base on Jeju have reported that numerous arrests and unusually high fines have arisen from their protests. But residents of one tiny fishing village are resolute. Pioglitazone Last month, pioglitazone they announced they would fight the administration ''to the death'' before allowing their island paradise to be turned into another Okinawa, pioglitazone where more than half the 47, pioglitazone000 American troops stationed in Japan are based. Pioglitazone With pressure growing on the administration to begin construction, pioglitazone and the US Navy scheduling embarkation, pioglitazone the Choenan incident could not come at a more critical juncture. More of the article can be found at: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/LF30Dg01.html