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  1. South Korea shakes off that underdog tag

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

    ... South Korea is used to seeing itself as an underdog. But, as shown by Friday's extraordinary performance of Kim Yu-na, who won her country's first Olympic gold in figure skating, that reflex is increasingly unjustified. For several minutes, most of Japan and South Korea came to a standstill, their people glued to the television watching what had been described as a war. ...

  2. Honesty the best policy for Kim, and his people

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

    ... regime towards rivals South Korea, Japan and the United States. Only if good deeds are matched by Pyongyang can the process move forward. It is in Mr Kim's interests to comply. If his government ends the North's isolation by burying the hatchet with the US and South Korea over the 1950-53 war, his country will reap economic benefits. That is sorely needed: poverty is rife ...

  3. Frontrunner for S Korean presidency denies fraud

    Posted Dec 19th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Associated Press in Seoul Rivals accused of smear tactics on eve of leadership poll The frontrunner in South Korea's presidential polls asserted his innocence in financial-fraud ... will end a decade of liberal rule in South Korea. 'Even if there is wrongdoing, we have to elect a person who can revive the economy,' said Lee Min-sung, a 22-year-old woman studying ...

  4. The missing link

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

    ... 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 ... issue a broad vision statement about South Korea's desired future role in Asia, and the world, and how the US alliance fits into this vision. Mr Kim used to argue publicly and persuasively ...

  5. Don't play North Korea's game

    Posted Jul 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... What a difference the truth makes. Two years ago, your newspaper, among others, was heralding the 'Asian Nobel Peace Prize' won by President Kim Dae-Jung of South Korea for his ... with attempts to help his poor country: he pocketed the cash and gifts and promptly reneged on his part of the bargain, including the reciprocal visit to the South. What is surprising is that some ...

  6. Pressure on China to broker North Korea deal

    Posted Sep 14th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the government's own erratic posturing over its nuclear weapons programme. And there is, as we report today, a rising tide of violence on the country's border with the mainland. China has many ... country that could not only keep North Korea in line but also force it into bona fide negotiations, it is China. As the North's major source of food and oil supplies, it is literally Mr ...

  7. China urged to rethink policy on North Korea

    Posted Jun 20th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... conducting nuclear and missile tests last month, then denouncing the 55-year-old truce with South Korea. International expectation has been piling up on China to sort out its difficult neighbour, ... Korea - the way the United States pledged support for South Korea should military conflicts break out in the region - in exchange for North Korea to open up and reform, or China goes fully ...

  8. Policy paralysis

    Posted Dec 12th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... BJ Lee Few official schemes seem to get finished in South Korea these days. Major national projects are put on hold for months, even years, because of divisive public opinion. Even ... 's international competitiveness. There are, of course, many reasons for the indecisiveness. The prime one is South Korea's democratic progress. As democracy blossoms in this former authoritarian ...

  9. Korean peace train requires two-way track

    Posted May 18th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Another cold war-era barrier has come down with the first trains running between North and South Korea since the nations went to war in 1950. As ground-breaking as yesterday's event ... on the deals struck to make the journeys happen, every ticket was in effect worth more than US$2 million. South Korea, which financed the rebuilding of the two tracks and has led efforts to reunify ...

  10. Back on the rails

    Posted Jul 18th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... If the mood in some quarters of Seoul at the moment could be expressed in a pop song, it would be Give Peace a Chance. South Korea may have been technically at war with North Korea ... with its cold war enemies the US, Japan and South Korea. The February deal is far from perfect; no timetable exists for its steps and a road map must still be thrashed out. But today, six-party ...




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