Korean Reunification

UN chief Ban Ki-moon holds onto dream of united Korea

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Paris. Photo: AFP

All the signs are that he will be disappointed, but Ban Ki-moon refuses to abandon hope that he will live to see peace prevail on the Korean peninsula.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

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

Rolling back the fear

The death of Kim Jong-il does not in itself bring the reunification of Korea closer. It is a still a dim and distant prospect as the Kim 'royal' family and North Korea's military bosses shore up the system using the young Kim Jong-un as a symbol of continuity and inheritor of the magical powers attributed to the dynasty.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Facing realities

The sudden demise of Kim Jong-il has drastically increased the probabilities of a regime collapse in Pyongyang and the reunification of the two Koreas. Should either scenario become a reality, China will face the most difficult geopolitical challenge since the disintegration of the Soviet Union two decades ago.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

S Korea walks a fine line between China and US

Whether China will rise is no longer a question, but the question of when and how China's rising power will reshape the international order remains to be explored. In the meantime, the essential task for most nations is to determine how to respond to the ascent of China as a key independent variable in international politics.

13 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Korean peace train requires two-way track

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.

18 May 2007 - 12:00am

On the charm offensive

THEY ARE UNIFORMLY tall and beautiful, like cheerleaders at an American high school. They are also untouchable. Meet North Korea's charm brigade at the 14th Asian Games in Pusan - a 280-strong squad of 20-something cheerleaders who have caught the headlines, the limelight and the imagination of the South Korean public.

10 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Unparalleled summit

Fifty years ago this month, North Korean troops poured across the 38th parallel in an all-out effort - backed by Mao Zedong and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin - to unite the peninsula under the communist leadership of the late president Kim Il-sung.

13 Jun 2000 - 12:00am