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  1. Business delegation to visit Pyongyang

    Posted Sep 04th 2008, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... with North Korea. 'The main purpose of this trip is to do some site visits and meet businessmen there,' association president Paul Yin Tak-shing said. He said North Korea had started ... industries there, as well as to explore the cost of doing business in North Korea,' he said. During the five-day visit to the North Korean capital, the association planned to sign a memorandum ...

  2. US, South Korea quietly get relations back on track

    Posted Jan 29th 2008, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk Could a major shift be under way in US-South Korean relations? The question arose during a visit to Washington by an intriguing emissary of the incoming South Korean government ... nations to overcome differences that have strained relations in recent years. The real question remains how tough to get with North Korea, which shows no sign of itemising its nuclear inventory, ...

  3. Korea expects 10pc increase in foreign investment despite turmoil

    Posted Nov 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... South Korea has seen little negative impact in attracting foreign investment in the second half despite the global financial turmoil, a senior government official said. Chung Tong-soo, ... to predict the investment environment next year given the unpredictable oil price and the global economic uncertainty. Foreign investors pledged to invest US$10.6 billion in South Korea last year. ...

  4. Compromises won't work with N Korea

    Posted Apr 29th 2008, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... a rift between officials on confronting North Korea. One great question is whether President George W. Bush and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak agreed on the need for disclosure ... Donald Kirk Disclosure of North Korea's role in building a Syrian nuclear plant suggest a White House bid to bring Pyongyang to account for spreading arms technology to the Middle ...

  5. US-Korea deal ends on a bali-bali high

    Posted Jul 07th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... of contractor bali-bali. The bali-bali concept, by the way, is one of the countless helpful insights into modern South Korea provided in a deeply informed and informative new book, Changing Korea ... Tom Plate The Koreans have a special phrase for it. Bali-bali means 'quick! quick!', as in 'get it done yesterday!' The upside of bali-bali from the South Korean ...

  6. South Korea peers over the edge

    Posted Jun 21st 2008, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... of thousands of people gathered in the centre of Seoul for a candle-light vigil as if the nation's survival were at stake, and South Korea's biggest trade union grouping has announced a one-day strike next month to protest against the US deal. The idea of national survival at stake is not a bad one- but it is the demonstrators who are making the threat to South Korea ...

  7. Starving North Korea on brink of collapse

    Posted Aug 15th 2008, 12:00am by Richard Halloran

    ... more likely within five, almost surely within 10. Will the collapse be a 'soft landing' in which Mr Kim's regime gradually falls apart with South Korea picking up by pieces, or will the regime implode with chaos sweeping the land? The consequences of a regime change in Pyongyang could be staggering. Immediately, US, South Korean, and Chinese troops could charge into North Korea ...

  8. The missing link

    Posted Feb 20th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that South Korea had to maintain good relations simultaneously with its four giant neighbours - China, Japan, Russia and the United States. He said that the best, perhaps the only, way this could ... Incoming South Korean President Lee Myung-bak needs to spell out his vision of the US alliance, writes Ralph Cossa The inauguration on Monday of Lee Myung-bak as South Korea's new ...

  9. Chorus of discontent grows on North Korea

    Posted Jan 25th 2008, 12:00am by Richard Halloran

    ... that the United States would continue trying to engage the North Koreans, along with South Korea, Japan, China and Russia in six-party talks. The latest round began right after New Year's Day when ... year'. Mr Lefkowitz criticised China and South Korea for failing to press Mr Kim to give up nuclear weapons. China, he argued, 'has not seriously pushed North Korea to abandon its weapons ...

  10. Orchestral manoeuvres

    Posted Mar 01st 2008, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... had begun the intricate task of shutting down the facilities at Yongbyon, with American experts looking on. Then, while Roh Moo-hyun- in his final months as president of South Korea ... strengthen friendly relations' with the US while holding out the lure of generous aid to North Korea only if it 'abandons its nuclear programme and chooses the path to openness'. True, ...




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