South Korea is a sovereign state in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. It is neighboured by China to the west, Japan to the east, and North Korea to the north. With an estimated population of 50 million, it covers a total area 98,480 square kilometres which includes partially forested mountain ranges separated by deep, narrow valleys. Its main exports are wireless telecommunications equipment, motor vehicles and computers. Korea was one nation under the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties until the end of the Korean Empire in 1910, when Japan began a 35-year period of colonial rule. Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers in 1945 and three years later the country split in two, beginning decades of conflict between North and South. The current president of The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is Park Geun-hye. She is the first woman to be elected as President in South Korea.
Briefs, October 18, 2012
S Korea holding 23 Chinese fishermen
South Korea's coastguard said yesterday it was holding 23 Chinese fishermen in custody for questioning after a violent clash in the Yellow Sea that left a 44-year-old Chinese crew member dead. The coastguard seized two vessels on Tuesday and towed them to the southwestern port of Mokpo for fishing illegally in South Korean waters. AFP
Bribes probe nets more Guangzhou officials
Guangzhou authorities have arrested more mid-level officials for allegedly taking millions of yuan in bribes, as part of the high-profile crackdown on economic crime launched in February, the Nanfang Daily reports. Among the latest officials to have been targeted since August are the city's former deputy director of the bureau of forestry, Xie Zuozhang, and deputy division chief of the city's traffic police, Li Weiqiang. He Huifeng