Divided Regions

Postcard from Andrew Salmon in Busan

Han Jong-sim in the title role ofComrade Kim Goes Flying. Photo: AFP

Threats are more common from North Korea than laughs, but the European co-producers of Pyongyang-based romantic comedy Comrade Kim Goes Flying hope their film will put a more cheerful face on the hard-line state.

Sunday, 21 October, 2012, 9:41am


S Korea's web ID law ruled unconstitutional

24 Aug 2012 - 3:16am

South Korean court grants Chinese woman refugee status

A South Korean court has granted refugee status to a woman who fled China after helping escapees from North Korea there, saying she could face severe punishment from Beijing if sent back.

23 Aug 2012 - 4:12am

Pakistan a weak link in China's energy plan

The recent surge in sectarian violence in strategically located border areas in Pakistan could be part of a larger plan to curtail Beijing's profile in the region. Violence appears aimed at frustrating efforts to complete the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project and its proposed extension to China.

22 Aug 2012 - 2:26am

'Innocent' errors can prove deadly for North Koreans

London has long been obsessed with flags and its emblem hangers have had much practice over the centuries displaying pennants, ensigns, standards and streamers for all manner of special occasions.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Crews held by N.Koreans return home

Three Chinese fishing crews held for ransom by North Koreans for almost two weeks returned to their home port of Dalian, Liaoning, yesterday, ending a tense diplomatic crisis.

All 28 fishermen captured were released, the website of the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily said.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Asian powers skirt N Korea issue

The leaders of China, Japan and South Korea issued a post-summit joint declaration yesterday that made no reference to North Korea's nuclear ambitions, and which avoided touchy issues such as territorial and historical disputes.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Rocket failure may prompt new talks

North Korea's latest rocket launch maintains a pattern of provocation and bad-faith bargaining established under its late leader Kim Jong-il, despite hopes that his son Kim Jong-un's taking power four months ago might break it.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

N Korean launch threatens to fire up regional arms race

Tensions have heightened drastically in East Asia over North Korean plans to launch a satellite-laden rocket in the next few days, despite pleas and protests by friend and foe alike.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

N Korea's rocket plan upstages global nuclear summit in Seoul

The leaders of South Korea, the United States and China wrapped up a global nuclear security summit last week with stark warnings about the threat of nuclear terrorism.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

More trade helps to cement ties

Ties between Bangladesh and Hong Kong will only strengthen, built on burgeoning two-way trade and increasing areas of cultural exchange.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Change can happen, S Korea's leader says

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak urged China to do more to prod North Korea towards reforms, but added that his real hope for change inside the ultranationalist, hardline state lay with the North's public.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Nervous hush

If there is an unspeakable c-word at the sharp end of northeast Asian affairs, it is 'contingency'. Delve into security issues bedevilling the Korean Peninsula - the world's last cold war frontier - and it quickly becomes apparent that the issue of how the region's powers would react should North Korea one day implode is exceptionally sensitive.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

China holds key to Korean unity

A senior South Korean official has urged China to serve as a 'catalyst' for the peaceful reunification of the two Koreas. But the same official could not rule out US troops retaining a presence in a future combined state.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

UN pushes for easier access to aid Syrians

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am