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  1. With Koreas on the brink, calm heads are vital

    Posted Apr 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that a torpedo was to blame. Anger is rising in South Korea. Tens of thousands of people have visited a memorial honouring the dead, who have been posthumously awarded medals usually reserved for those ... wounded. Given the North's history of provocation and attack, assuming a missile had been fired to avenge the loss would not be far-fetched. But for South Korea or its allies to make this leap ...

  2. China protests to N Korea after 3 shot dead at border

    Posted Jun 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the South. Last year, American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were detained by North Korea while doing interviews on human trafficking near the border between China and the reclusive state. ... by a North Korean submarine. South Korea and Western powers have been pushing China to denounce Pyongyang, but China has not accepted the investigation's findings and has called for all parties ...

  3. A state of total dependence

    Posted Dec 12th 2010, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... relations at Korea University. 'This is critical for South Korea: If we close off dialogue with North Korea, it becomes more dependent upon China.' The closeness of the relationship ... shelling. South Korean investors are largely unable to penetrate the North. Visitors to North Korea note that Chinese businesspeople are relatively free to travel countrywide, while South Korean ...

  4. Tricky business on Wen's agenda in Seoul

    Posted May 29th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Seoul was planned before the latest crisis between the two Koreas, which will now overshadow his talks with the leaders of South Korea and Japan. ... is also working behind the scenes to keep Pyongyang in check. The crisis was triggered by an investigation that found North Korea responsible for the sinking of a South Korean warship, ...

  5. A policy to smooth out the diplomatic bumps

    Posted Feb 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Deep Kisor Datta-Ray

    ... is the single biggest foreign investment into India. Second, South Korea is an influential player in the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum, which India views as critical in terms of attracting ... Deep Kisor Datta-Ray On the eve of India's celebrations marking its diamond jubilee as a republic recently, a strategic partnership was formed with South Korea. Yet another example ...

  6. Rough seas

    Posted Jun 01st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Wen's visit,' one foreign ministry official said. The importance of smooth Sino-South Korean relations should not be underestimated. Both sides have put considerable work into improving ... Greg Torode As temperatures rise following the torpedoing of a South Korean warship by North Korea, much has been made of the importance of the habitually secretive relationship between ...

  7. Victims of Kim Jong-il's gulag demand justice

    Posted Feb 01st 2010, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... With secrecy shrouding North Korea, and nuclear and security concerns trumping other North Korea-related issues, Kim's gulag is far off the radar screen of South Korean human rights groups. ... Andrew Salmon in Seoul For years they toiled in North Korea's gulag system. Now survivors of the notorious labour camps want to turn the tables on the country's leader, Kim ...

  8. PLA ramped up China's stand on US-Korea drill

    Posted Aug 06th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... the Foreign Ministry made any statement on its position. Days before the ministry's first condemnation of US-South Korea drills on July 1, PLA Deputy Chief of General Staff Ma Xiaotian had openly ... July 25 to 28, were a response to the March 26 sinking of a South Korean naval vessel that killed 46 sailors. North Korea was blamed for the incident after a five-nation investigation led ...

  9. Not a Korean war, but no longer business as usual

    Posted May 01st 2010, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... Andrew Salmon A South Korean warship is shattered. Forty-six sailors are dead or missing. Suspicions point to the likelihood of an attack from North Korea. South Korea's public ... the Seoul office of the International Crisis Group. 'But we have to do something.' The South Korean corvette Cheonan sank after a mysterious explosion near disputed waters off North Korea ...

  10. US-Korean military drill revives painful memories

    Posted Jul 18th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... be precedent-setting, military analyst Andrei Chang said, since the last time foreign warships staged a show of force in the Yellow Sea was during the Sino-Japanese war in 1894. Even though South Korea insists ... to the exercises, mindful perhaps of demands from its own public to speak out. While South Korea and the US have insisted all along that the exercises would go ahead, on Thursday Seoul's deputy defence ...




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