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    Scholar calls reaction of South Korea and China to Japanese textbooks childish

    Posted Mar 28th 2013, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... islands and the Takeshima islands, which South Korea calls Dokdo, belong to Japan. Hong Lei, spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, dismissed Japan's position and repeated Beijing's ... to the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday and received a protest against the decision to approve the textbooks. The ministry said South Korea "strongly protests against Japan for not looking squarely ...

  2. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Xi Jinping offers Seoul 'assistance' in Korean reconciliation

    Posted Mar 21st 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... and economic ally, but relations have been strained by North Korea's bellicose rhetoric and actions. "China is willing to provide the necessary assistance to advance South ... and South-North relations are important to the situation on the peninsula." Park urged Xi to use Beijing's leverage to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table, her spokeswoman said, ...

  3. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    New South Korean, Japanese leaders seek fresh start

    Posted Jan 04th 2013, 05:46pm by AFP

    ... flying to Seoul. “Prime Minister Abe believes that Japan-South Korea relations need to be solid for the stability of East Asia,” he said. As well as meeting Park, Nukaga held separate talks in Seoul with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan. Relations between the two countries have regularly been strained by a territorial dispute and other issues of contention arising from ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan urged to stick to history after Shinzo Abe sent message about wartime criminals

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 11:32pm by AP

    ... action to win the trust of Asian neighbours and the international community," spokesman Qin Gang said. South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Abe's message raised questions about ... China and South Korea yesterday urged Japan to stick to history and reflect on its wartime aggression after Tokyo confirmed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year ...

  5. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Japan, South Korea diplomats to meet over ‘issues of mutual interest’

    Posted May 14th 2014, 01:22pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... officials from Japan and South Korea will meet in Tokyo on Thursday in a bid to smooth over a badly ruffled relationship. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told a regular press conference ... labour and Seoul’s restrictions on importing Japanese marine products after the Fukushima nuclear accident, Kishida said. South Korea’s foreign ministry said the talks would focus on the sexual ...

  6. Public fury marks shift in Seoul on abductions

    Posted Jan 09th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Khang Hyun-sung in Seoul Official indifference to kidnappings by North backfires on foreign ministry When kidnapped South Korean fisherman Choi Uk-il escaped the clutches of his North ... on the South's Foreign Ministry, which was forced to issue an apology for its treatment of Mr Choi after the release of an embarrassing video showing him and his wife trying to convince a consular ...

  7. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korean coastguard shoots dead Chinese skipper of fishing boat

    Posted Oct 10th 2014, 09:44pm by AFP

    ... and strongly dissatisfied with this violent law enforcement activity," ministry spokesman Hong Lei said. "We urge South Korea to immediately investigate this case, bring those accountable to justice, and inform China of the result of the investigation in a timely fashion," Hong said. The South Korean foreign ministry sent its condolences to the dead man's relatives ...


    South Korea to donate warship to Philippines amid marine tensions with China

    Posted Jun 07th 2014, 04:33pm by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... militaries in the region, has been upgrading its defence capabilities in recent years. It has also been improving its defence relations with South Korea and in March, it signed an agreement to buy 12 ... of the donation during his visit to Seoul on May 30, the statement added. “South Korea’s gesture is a small token compared with the great contribution of Filipino troops during the Korean War.” Kim ...

  9. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea protests to Japan over videoed claim to disputed islets

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 11:00pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Seoul condemns Tokyo's video-clip claim to islets South Korea has condemned Japan for publishing a video in 10 languages challenging its sovereignty over ... website also published a multi-language leaflet to accompany the video, arguing that Japan's connection to the islets stretches back more than 200 years. Japan and South Korea have bickered ...

  10. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Seoul, Tokyo move to mend strained ties

    Posted Jul 19th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... to mend strained ties Japan and South Korea yesterday took a conciliatory step towards mending ties frayed by months of low-level squabbling with a courtesy call between foreign ministers. South Korea's First Vice- Foreign Minister Kim Kyou-hyun, who has been visiting Japan this week, met with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at his office in Tokyo. South Korea is an important ...




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