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Associate of S Korean president found dead

A close associate of South Korean president Lee Myung-bak has been found dead in his serviced apartment in Hong Kong after apparently committing suicide.

Wednesday, 27 June, 2012, 12:00am

Who said it?

I have been told by many people that this Leung Chun-ying was not the one they have known for years

Chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen on his arch-rival

We attach a lot of hope that change can happen among the North Korean people

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, speaking before next week's Nuclear Security Summit

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Being unsuccessful this time does not mean they are not compatible. Ying Ying and Le Le need more opportunities

Ocean Park panda minder Suzanne Gendron

For the two countries to work closely together as partners, genuine courage and wisdom to face the truth are required

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak urges Japan to settle war-era grievances

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

We will be able to open the door for a new era in the Korean peninsula if North Korea shows sincerity

South Korea's President Lee Myung-Bak

It's like throwing money at the economy to see who grabs it the fastest

Pundit Andy Xie, quoted by Bloomberg, commenting on the misallocation of resources in the mainland's economy

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Podcast pulls no punches in savage attacks

They don't so much court controversy as demand it. In a nation where respect for leaders lingers, an unlikely quartet of internet broadcasters are bypassing traditional media and pushing the frontiers of satire in their gloves-off attacks on South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Communist China is destined for the ash heap of history because they are not a country of virtues

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry

There has been no official apology ... I expect that the North will offer the message some day for the sake of reconciliation

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Holiday crisis hits S Korea

Last week, Baat Gwaa told you about the importance of work-life balance. This week, I heard from a friend about a ridiculous phenomenon in South Korea called 'holiday deficit'.

5 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

A sad end for a Korean corruption-fighter

The suicide of former South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun brought a tragic end to the life of a politician who did much to strengthen democracy at home and ease tensions with communist North Korea.

24 May 2009 - 12:00am

South Korea peers over the edge

South Koreans have a well-deserved reputation for eschewing the bland circumlocutions and roundabout ways favoured by other Asians, notably their neighbours, the Japanese. 'The Koreans,' I was told on my first visit there in the 1970s, 'are as far different as can be from the Japanese: bold, in your face, quick to give opinions, honest. The Irish of Asia.'

21 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Promising new start for South Korea

The landslide presidential victory of conservative Lee Myung-bak is good news for South Korea, for the United States, for their alliance and - if responded to appropriately and wisely - for North Korea as well.

28 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Left and right fight it out in the shadow of the favourite

In the final part of our series in the run-up to today's South Korean election, Andrew Salmon looks at the challengers to candidate Lee Myung-bak

As South Koreans head to the ballot boxes today, conservative candidate Lee Myung-bak is clearly the man to beat.

19 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Conservative rides high on S Koreans' hope for change

Conservative candidate Lee Myung-bak looks set to win South Korea's presidency with a landslide in Wednesday's election - the last polls before the ballot gave him ratings of more than 40 per cent, while liberal rival Chung Dong-young mustered only 15-17 per cent.

17 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

S Korea's blood ties with US show signs of souring

The 'blood-forged alliance' between Seoul and Washington was once the strongest partnership in Asia. But ties have unravelled in recent years - most notably over North Korea.

7 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Happy ending?

The family story of former president Park Chung-hee symbolises South Korea's tragic modern history. Park's wife was killed in 1975 when a Pyongyang-inspired assassin shot her after missing the prime target, the president. Park himself was gunned down in 1979 by the head of his own intelligence agency who was unhappy with the way he was running the country.

17 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Out of tune

It was an emotional time for the nearly 180 people gathered at the presidential mansion on Saturday. President Roh Moo-hyun had just been reinstated after two months of suspension, following the Constitutional Court's decision to overrule a parliamentary motion to impeach him.

4 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

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