Kim Bo-eun

Kim Bo-eun

Reporter, Political Economy

Kim Bo-eun is a reporter with The Korea Times. She is currently based in Hong Kong, writing for both the South China Morning Post and The Korea Times, under an exchange programme. She has been in journalism for the past decade and currently covers China's economy and other related issues.

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China, South Korea renew service sector talks, opening up a ‘win-win for both economies’

China and South Korea signed a free-trade agreement that went into effect in 2015, but discussions over the second phase to further open their service sectors had stalled until a meeting earlier this month.

China and South Korea signed a free-trade agreement that went into effect in 2015, but discussions over the second phase to further open their service sectors had stalled until a meeting earlier this month.

28 Jul 2022 - 9:15AM
South Korea’s China, Russia deals derailed amid new administration’s policy shift toward US

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s administration has taken a hardline stance toward North Korea, backed sanctions against Russia and moved to diversify trade away from China.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s administration has taken a hardline stance toward North Korea, backed sanctions against Russia and moved to diversify trade away from China.

17 Jul 2022 - 8:00AM
Women’s health matters - beyond fertility

Japan says apart from the risks to a woman’s health, an underweight body mass index could endanger newborn babies.

Japan says apart from the risks to a woman’s health, an underweight body mass index could endanger newborn babies.

16 Jul 2022 - 12:06PM
Lunar | Framing anorexia fight as birth rate solution is harmful to women

Making the prevention of anorexia a matter of ensuring healthy babies reduces women to their ability to bear children. The focus should be on tackling what is prompting many women to become obsessed with their weight, including media images that valorise thinness.

Making the prevention of anorexia a matter of ensuring healthy babies reduces women to their ability to bear children. The focus should be on tackling what is prompting many women to become obsessed with their weight, including media images that valorise thinness.

15 Jul 2022 - 3:41PM
Could Chinese demand soften the blow of a US recession on Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore?

Analysts say even a marginal acceleration of Chinese demand could cushion the growth drag on Asia from slower shipments from the US. But China’s economy faces numerous headwinds that threaten to throw it off course.

Analysts say even a marginal acceleration of Chinese demand could cushion the growth drag on Asia from slower shipments from the US. But China’s economy faces numerous headwinds that threaten to throw it off course.

3 Jul 2022 - 8:06AM
US-led rare earths pact satisfies South Korea’s ‘definite need’ to cut China dependency

South Korea joined the US-led Minerals Security Partnership earlier this month alongside the likes of Germany, France, Britain, Australia and Japan in a move designed to reduce its dependency on China for key resources, including rare earths.

South Korea joined the US-led Minerals Security Partnership earlier this month alongside the likes of Germany, France, Britain, Australia and Japan in a move designed to reduce its dependency on China for key resources, including rare earths.

28 Jun 2022 - 5:40AM
China, South Korea battle population woes as ‘children are not a must’, adding to economic peril

Japan’s shrinking population has long been an obsession, but its East Asian neighbours of South Korea and China are now facing the same problem as fertility rates, births and marriages fall, creating an economic headache for both Seoul and Beijing.

Japan’s shrinking population has long been an obsession, but its East Asian neighbours of South Korea and China are now facing the same problem as fertility rates, births and marriages fall, creating an economic headache for both Seoul and Beijing.

24 Jun 2022 - 6:00AM
Hong Kong to include Korean in DSE university entrance exam from 2025 amid K-Culture boom

Hong Kong’s testing authority will allow students to submit scores from the Test of Proficiency in Korean in the foreign language category of the city’s university entrance exam starting from 2025.

Hong Kong’s testing authority will allow students to submit scores from the Test of Proficiency in Korean in the foreign language category of the city’s university entrance exam starting from 2025.

22 Jun 2022 - 6:19PM
China trade: North Korea’s Chinese soybean imports surge as coronavirus outbreak ramps up food shortage fears

North Korea is facing a potentially dire food situation this year, which has been exacerbated by disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In May, its monthly imports of Chinese soybeans surged.

North Korea is facing a potentially dire food situation this year, which has been exacerbated by disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In May, its monthly imports of Chinese soybeans surged.

22 Jun 2022 - 9:06AM
17 Jun 2022 - 4:00PM
Coronavirus: as Shanghai reopens, South Korean firms race to shake off lockdown disruptions

South Korean companies in Shanghai or with exposure to its supply chain are desperate to get business back on track after the city lifted its two month lockdown this week.

South Korean companies in Shanghai or with exposure to its supply chain are desperate to get business back on track after the city lifted its two month lockdown this week.

2 Jun 2022 - 9:00PM
Hong Kong gym owners see glimmer of hope as Covid-19 recovery takes shape, but threat of sixth wave looms large

No Rae, who set up a Taekwondo gym in 2016, said around 75 per cent of his students have returned after mandatory Covid-19 closures.

No Rae, who set up a Taekwondo gym in 2016, said around 75 per cent of his students have returned after mandatory Covid-19 closures.

2 Jun 2022 - 6:45PM
20 May 2022 - 6:00PM
South Korea looks to break China import dependence and establish ‘supply chain alliances’

South Korea under new president Yoon Suk-yeol wants to diversify trade away from China and boost ties with Indo-Pacific economies, as it looks to bolster supply chain resilience amid an uncertain geopolitical environment.

South Korea under new president Yoon Suk-yeol wants to diversify trade away from China and boost ties with Indo-Pacific economies, as it looks to bolster supply chain resilience amid an uncertain geopolitical environment.

20 May 2022 - 8:15AM
South Korea’s new leader thrust into US, China rivalry

In this issue of Global Impact, we look at what lies ahead for South Korea's new president as he jumps straight into the game of geopolitics.

In this issue of Global Impact, we look at what lies ahead for South Korea's new president as he jumps straight into the game of geopolitics.

16 May 2022 - 2:00PM
13 May 2022 - 6:22PM
EU’s China ties in spotlight as Brussels moves to bolster alliances with South Korea, Japan

Tensions between the West and China have forced a reassessment of global supply chains, and the European Union sees promising opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region.

Tensions between the West and China have forced a reassessment of global supply chains, and the European Union sees promising opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region.

8 May 2022 - 2:00PM
Hong Kong-South Korea economic ties set for a ‘boost’ under world’s largest trade pact

Trade between South Korea and Hong Kong is expected to accelerate if the city successfully joins the RCEP trade pact, despite recent concern over its anti-pandemic controls and political situation.

Trade between South Korea and Hong Kong is expected to accelerate if the city successfully joins the RCEP trade pact, despite recent concern over its anti-pandemic controls and political situation.

28 Apr 2022 - 7:30PM
China’s South Korean firms mull over whether to stay or go as Covid, geopolitical pressures mount

A new Korea International Trade Association report says China’s role as a go-to source of production among global companies has diminished over the last five years, but it still remains an important and lucrative market for some.

A new Korea International Trade Association report says China’s role as a go-to source of production among global companies has diminished over the last five years, but it still remains an important and lucrative market for some.

23 Apr 2022 - 6:02AM
Explainer | What is IPEF, and will it help the US counter China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific?

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is widely seen as an effort by the US to counter China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region, but it differs from a traditional trade bloc based on free-trade agreements.

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is widely seen as an effort by the US to counter China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region, but it differs from a traditional trade bloc based on free-trade agreements.

7 Jul 2022 - 10:40AM
China, North Korea trade recovering after Covid-induced border closures, but exports still ‘spell trouble’

North Korea’s trade with China totalled US$318 million in 2021, down by 41 per cent from the previous year and by 90 per cent from levels before the coronavirus.

North Korea’s trade with China totalled US$318 million in 2021, down by 41 per cent from the previous year and by 90 per cent from levels before the coronavirus.

11 Apr 2022 - 9:21AM
South Korean shipbuilders weigh US$6.5 billion cost of Ukraine crisis, but could China reap the benefits?

South Korean and Chinese shipbuilders rank among the industry’s top players, but the impact of the geopolitical decisions made in both Seoul and Beijing are starting to filter through.

South Korean and Chinese shipbuilders rank among the industry’s top players, but the impact of the geopolitical decisions made in both Seoul and Beijing are starting to filter through.

28 Mar 2022 - 4:30AM
25 Mar 2022 - 6:54PM
China’s first K-drama approvals in years come under cloud of Yoon’s foreign policy

Popular South Korean dramas such as Something in the Rain are being approved by China’s broadcaster, but there are concerns that South Korean president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol could invite Beijing’s ire.

Popular South Korean dramas such as Something in the Rain are being approved by China’s broadcaster, but there are concerns that South Korean president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol could invite Beijing’s ire.

19 Mar 2022 - 12:18PM
China-South Korea ties enter new era as president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol signals a reset

South Korean president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol is looking to reset relations with China, the country’s most important trading partner, while deepening ties with the United States.

South Korean president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol is looking to reset relations with China, the country’s most important trading partner, while deepening ties with the United States.

19 May 2022 - 4:10PM
Analysis | China’s fintech ecosystem is the world’s largest, but will Beijing’s tech crackdowns affect the landscape?

Beijing’s crackdowns on big tech companies have raised questions, but China’s fintech sector looks to remain competitive, according to experts.

Beijing’s crackdowns on big tech companies have raised questions, but China’s fintech sector looks to remain competitive, according to experts.

1 Mar 2022 - 5:32AM