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  1. Power play throws Korean rift into relief

    Posted Apr 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Donald Kirk Parallel political scenes in North and South Korea this week etch the differences between the systems that hold sway above and below the demilitarised zone that has divided the Korean Peninsula since 1953. In the South, after boisterous campaigning marked by harsh charges of corruption, incompetence and much else, conservative candidates managed to retain a slim ...

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    ‘Make it short!’: reports of verbose official’s dressing down censored

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 02:15pm by Keira Lu Huang

    ... of his own thoughts and personality. He revealed last week at the National People’s Congress that he watched the popular South Korean TV drama My Love from the Star, about an alien who falls ...

  3. Russia eyes closer ties on Korean Peninsula

    Posted Mar 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... exchange rates. The shipments stopped, and Russia's relations with North Korea deteriorated. Still, Russia would like access to the Rason special trade zone and port facilities at and near ... up the gas pipeline in a meeting with Medvedev in November. It's possible that South Korea can hope for broader relations with Russia as a counter both to North Korean ...

  4. Kim's death shifts focus of S Korean leader's visit

    Posted Jan 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... exclusive economic zones. Cui Zhiying , a Korean affairs specialist at Tongji University, said: 'Both sides will attempt to think from a broader perspective and build up political trust among ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com The visit to Beijing by the South Korean president, Lee Myung-bak, was originally intended to smooth bilateral relations as the two countries approach ...

  5. Arms race in a zone of peace

    Posted Dec 26th 2006, 12:00am by David Fullbrook

    ... David Fullbrook An almost completed artillery factory in impoverished Myanmar is in limbo thanks to charges laid in Seoul against 14 South Korean executives allegedly overseeing ... factor will be Myanmar's buying power. It will bulge with petrodollars by 2010 as more gas, and some oil, flows from fields that Chinese, Korean, Indian, Thai and Singaporean operators ...

  6. Roh made the best of strained Korean summit

    Posted Oct 05th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is also the key to making tourism and industrial zones, like the struggling Kaesong Park run by South Korean firms just inside the North's border, more commercially viable. Both leaders have ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent in Panmunjom South Korean leader did well, but questions remain after talks marred by suspicion Having carefully managed expectations, South Korean ...

  7. A prelude to the next Korean war?

    Posted May 25th 2004, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... negotiators are fixated on nuclear warheads that the North would hardly be foolish enough to use, North Korean infantry and artillery have the power to cross the demilitarised zone and go fairly deep ... Donald Kirk America's decision to pull a brigade of combat troops from the historic invasion route between the North Korean border and Seoul raises troubling questions about ...

  8. 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- ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Pitfalls on the road to a Korean peace treaty

    Posted Oct 10th 2007, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk The North-South Korean summit has opened a new phase in the great debate over the future of the Korean Peninsula by calling for a treaty to replace the armistice that ended the Korean war. But, although no one in South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun's entourage dares to say so, talk of a peace treaty, more than 54 years after the guns fell silent, presents ...




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