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  1. Talk with Kim Jong-il doesn't come cheap

    Posted Feb 16th 2010, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... a summit all but impossible: he will not secretly send millions of dollars to the north, as did Kim Dae-jung, just for the sake of a summit. Donald Kirk is the author of two books and numerous ...

  2. Seoul must know when to draw the line

    Posted Dec 08th 2010, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk The US and South Korea face an imminent problem to which they do not seem to have found an answer: at what point do they escalate from rhetoric and war games to serious ... and South Korean forces from fighting back after 'incidents' that will go on and on, in more terrible form, unless answered with more than rhetoric and war games. Journalist Donald Kirk ...

  3. Alliances shift as war memories fade

    Posted Aug 18th 2010, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk The US aircraft carrier George Washington covers a wide area. Two weeks after joining in exercises in northeast Asia, off the Korean east coast, it was down in the South China ... about China's claims over waters where US warships provide a reminder of the dynamics of shifting power relationships. Donald Kirk, based in Seoul and Washington, covered the Vietnam war ...

  4. UN statement sinks along with the Cheonan

    Posted Jul 16th 2010, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk The United Nations Security Council's statement on the Cheonan episode was a model of compromise. Now debate rages on whether it was a shrewd way to avoid ... reluctance to censure its North Korean protectorate offers no guarantee against future incidents, which may again upset the stability on which Beijing claims to place the highest priority. Donald ...

  5. Fading Kim sets the stage for power play

    Posted Jun 11th 2010, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk The power of 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il over North Korea appears to be fraying at the edges- and perhaps even eroding at the core. That's the conclusion from two ... Korea's benefactors, can guarantee the outcome, much less the security of their own cross-border traders. Donald Kirk is the author of two books and numerous articles on Korea for newspapers, ...

  6. Too big to brush off

    Posted May 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk The show-and-tell at South Korea's defence ministry about the North Korean attack on the corvette Cheonan would seem to have said it all, in consummate detail. ... episode, or the next, or the one after that. Unless China acts decisively, it is hard to imagine a happy ending to the cycle. Donald Kirk is the author of two books and numerous articles on Korea ...

  7. The deal-maker

    Posted Mar 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk The sincerity of China's avowed desire for North Korea to return to six-party talks on its nuclear weapons is increasingly open to question. While North Korea turns ... believe he has time on his side as well. Donald Kirk is the author of two books and numerous articles on Korea for newspapers, magazines and journals ...

  8. Free speech or sedition?

    Posted Jan 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk The threat of a young Nigerian passenger to blow up a plane flying from Amsterdam to Detroit poses a special problem for the British. He was a graduate of a major British ... other terrible dictatorship. Donald Kirk, long-time correspondent in Asia, is author of the newly published Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine ...

  9. McDonald's cleared of selling stale milk

    Posted Sep 10th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... McDonald's was cleared in Kwun Tong Court yesterday of selling milk past its expiry date. Chan Wing-nga, who was pregnant, complained to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department that the milk she bought on June 11 last year from a McDonald's restaurant in Tsuen Wan was four months past its expiry date. Deputy Special Magistrate Louie Chan Hon-kwong said ...

  10. McDonald's raises prices as surge in costs bites

    Posted Nov 18th 2010, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun in Beijing Fast food chain McDonald's Corp yesterday raised the prices for its burgers, drinks and other snacks on the mainland by between 50 fen (58 HK cents) and one yuan ... In a McDonald's outlet in Beijing, the price for a double cheeseburger was raised to 12 yuan from 11 yuan yesterday. Fries were also a yuan more expensive than before. In another restaurant, the prices ...




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