chapter  3
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The advent of Kim Dae-jung

They were also caught up within a relationship which Park Jin has neatly described as having the characteristic of ‘competitive interdependence’.1 For example, Kim Young-sam’s success in entering the ruling party in 1990 and becoming its presidential candidate in 1992 certainly owed something to the fact that Roh calculated that he was the only person likely to beat the still active Kim Dae-jung (whose victory would have been extremely discomforting to Roh personally). In turn, Kim Daejung was himself able to draw political sustenance from Kim Young-sam’s continued involvement in politics and his ‘traitorous’ switch to the ruling party.2