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  1. South Korean president gets warm welcome from survivors, giving visit touching end

    Posted May 31st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Tze-wei in Dujiangyan South Korean President Lee Myung-bak bear-hugged and cradled children in China's earthquake zone yesterday, impressing those at the devastated front as 'friendly' and 'people-loving'. On a trip described by the Korean media as 'charm-offensive diplomacy', Mr Lee was the first foreign head of state to visit the disaster zone since ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/639711/south-korean-president-gets-warm-welcome-survivors-giving-visit-touching-end
  2. North Korean leopard is unlikely to change its spots

    Posted Jul 17th 2008, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk The wanton killing of a South Korean woman on a tour of North Korea's Mount Kumkang zone shows the risks of dealing with Pyongyang, whether on nuclear weapons, trade ... that North Korean soldiers were authorised to shoot to kill a tourist who wandered beyond the limits of the Mount Kumkang zone. The North compounded the offence by refusing to apologise- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/645517/north-korean-leopard-unlikely-change-its-spots
  3. The North Korean question: what next?

    Posted Mar 29th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Amid the blizzard of self-help books clogging the displays of regional bookshops, one potential tome is conspicuous by its absence - The Art of Negotiation the North Korean ... Suddenly, the emergence of a new, more conservative government in Seoul is rattling Pyongyang, as some insiders had anticipated. No sooner had South Korean President Lee Myung-bak confirmed his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/631726/north-korean-question-what-next
  4. Beijing's protest stance should outlive Olympics

    Posted Jul 25th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with a grievance to air will capitalise on it to get a wider hearing. So the authorities' decision to designate three protest zones in Beijing, which is due to host the Olympics, should not have come ... during the Games is essential. As long as protests are peaceful, no-one should be penalised or suffer for their actions. To the authorities' credit, the protest zones are inside parks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/646495/beijings-protest-stance-should-outlive-olympics
  5. Relations may get rockier before they improve as new era dawns

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chief Asia correspondent Greg Torode The North Korean city of Kaesong has long represented symbolic rather than practical value. So it was yesterday, as North Korea ejected 11 South Korean managers from the joint industrial zone near the heavily fortified border separating two states that are technically still at war. At the time of its inception in 2002, the zone was billed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/631503/relations-may-get-rockier-they-improve-new-era-dawns
  6. Bones of contention

    Posted Apr 19th 2008, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Korean officials from special trade and tourist zones just across the border, together with a torrent of name-calling rhetoric in which he has been labelled, variously, a 'traitor,' ... Donald Kirk South Korean President Lee Myung-bak earned a reputation as a tough and shrewd business leader more than 30 years ago as president of Hyundai Engineering and Construction ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/634255/bones-contention
  7. Bibimbap- Cheap, cheerful and perfect for the whole family

    Posted Oct 16th 2008, 12:00am by Victoria Burrows

    ... Victoria Burrows 3 Luk Fo Tsun Road, Kowloon City, 2718 4368 FARE Stone-pot rice dishes (bibimbap) with the usual beef, pork or seafood, but there's also a vegetarian option with tofu. AMBIENCE Casual and bright, with metal and plastic chairs, Formica tables and friendly staff. English menu. COST HK$50 to HK$100 to share a range of typical Korean appetisers, a filling ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/656481/bibimbap-cheap-cheerful-and-perfect-whole-family
  8. Think-tanks lose the plot when it comes to Korea

    Posted Jul 24th 2008, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... outside the Mount Kumkang tourist zone. 'Is there a case for economic co-operation by ethnic Koreans that could be guaranteed by the governments of the five countries,' Mr Hawk asked, ... rights should come up in all talks'- all, that is, except for the most critical talks of all on North Korea's nuclear programme. The author of studies on North Korean human rights, Mr ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/646348/think-tanks-lose-plot-when-it-comes-korea
  9. Letters

    Posted Aug 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Overcrowding is actually bad for business The MTR Corporation's media relations manager James Tsui ('Train frequency timed for peaks', August 18), rejected criticism by Cheng Shun-yin ('MTR congestion a real problem', August 6), t ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/649986/letters
  10. Peninsula pique

    Posted Dec 12th 2008, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... this summer's apparently accidental shooting of a South Korean tourist, Kaesong is important to the North. Korea University international security expert Kim Byung-gi said the zone was responsible ... simple. In a conference with foreign reporters, officials from the Kaesong zone said that, although border crossings and South Korean staff numbers had been reduced, the North Korean factory ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/663440/peninsula-pique

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