Park Chan-kyong
Park Chan-kyong
Park Chan-kyong is a journalist covering South Korean affairs for the South China Morning Post. He previously worked at the Agence France-Presse's Seoul bureau for 35 years. He studied political science at Korea University and economics at the Yonsei University Graduate School.

Yoon Suk-yeol’s government is being criticised for its unprecedented move of ordering truckers to end their week-long walkout or face fines, jail time, or have their licences cancelled.

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Seoul, worried about nation’s highest deficit since 1996 – which was shortly before a massive IMF bailout – has revived a special government-business meeting, which met this week.

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Interior Minister Lee Sang-min’s apology, police admission mark first time top officials have acknowledged responsibility for tragedy in Itaewon on Saturday night.

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A safety expert says the ‘human-caused disaster’ tragedy could have been averted on a night where some 100,000 revellers were expected in Seoul’s Itaewon district.

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President Yoon Suk-yeol promises ‘thorough investigation’ into cause of incident; four Chinese nationals among those dead, Chinese embassy in South Korea confirms.

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Ambassador Xing Haiming accused the US of being the “biggest external challenge” to Seoul-Beijing relations, while also claiming Hu Jintao’s dramatic exit at the Communist Party congress was due to age.

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Pyongyang’s latest spate of shelling violates an inter-Korean accord that is the last remaining security device to prevent accidental armed clashes along the border.

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BTS’ oldest member Jin to enlist by the end of the year, after parliamentary debates on whether the group could bypass military service got nowhere.

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After a data centre fire caused an hours-long shutdown of nearly all online services by Kakao Corp, including KakaoTalk that is used by 53 million people worldwide, President Yoon Suk-yeol has hinted at introducing regulations for such online platforms.

Seoul could redeploy US tactical weapons to country or acquire home-grown ones, but Washington unlikely to accept either option, analysts note.

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Cartoon with President Yoon Suk-yeol’s face on a Thomas the Tank Engine-like locomotive apparently satirises accusations his wife has wielded undue influence over government.

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An activist said five other victims were preparing to file sexual violence lawsuits against Jung Myung-seok, who is the head of the Christian Gospel Mission.

Ruling party to ask prosecution authorities to begin criminal investigation into MBC TV head Park Sung-je and three others, who are accused of defaming President Yoon Suk-yeol.

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Experts say Harris will want to focus on handling an assertive Beijing and her nation’s commitments to South Korea if there is more nuclear testing by Pyongyang.

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South Korea finds itself in an increasingly difficult position, trying to maintain its balancing act between Washington and Beijing amid an intensifying rivalry between the two superpowers.

Korea Aerospace Industries is expected to sign a contract to export 48 FA-50 aircraft to Poland for US$3 billion. It’s also on the verge of agreeing to a US$1 billion deal to provide 18 fighter jets to Malaysia.

Beijing says the US-controlled system is a threat to its security and urged Yoon Suk-yeol’s government to follow former president Moon Jae-in regime’s stance of no additional THAAD deployments.

A 31-year-old man in South Korea was convicted of accidentally starting a fire while lighting a cigarette next to a gas canister and sparking a fire that gutted the basement of an apartment block where hundreds of cars were parked.

County residents and activists have staged all-day sit-ins since May 2021 to block access to the construction site, and will continue to do so as the administration proceeds with the environmental assessment.

South Korean military has said it will be ‘normalising’ the joint exercises that have been portrayed as invasion rehearsals by the North.

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Korean Air will develop a ‘manned-unmanned teaming system’ in which one manned aircraft is backed by three to four stealth UAVs in joint missions.

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Seoul will immediately stop issuing permits for construction of such homes, known as ‘banjihas’, and aims to phase them out over 20 years while rehoming current residents.

The KF-21 Boramae could emerge as a cost-effective alternative for China’s J10 and FC31 fighters in markets such as Asia, Africa and the Middle East, analysts note.

Seoul will aim to preserve national interests in any course of action on Chip 4 alliance and people do not have to worry about it ‘too greatly’, President Yoon Suk-yeol says.

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