Park Chan-kyong

Park Chan-kyong

Park Chan-kyong is a South Korean journalist who has worked for the Agence France-Presse Seoul bureau for 35 years. He is now working for the South China Morning Post. He studied political science at Korea University and economics at the Yonsei University Graduate School.

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South Korea launches new rocket Nuri in great leap forward for space programme, but fails to put dummy satellite in orbit

Nuri, Seoul’s first domestically produced space launch vehicle, completed its flight sequence but failed to put a dummy satellite in orbit. Still, it showcases the country’s advances in technology for commercial and military purposes, and comes as an arms race gains momentum in Asia.

Nuri, Seoul’s first domestically produced space launch vehicle, completed its flight sequence but failed to put a dummy satellite in orbit. Still, it showcases the country’s advances in technology for commercial and military purposes, and comes as an arms race gains momentum in Asia.

South Korea launches new rocket Nuri in great leap forward for space programme, but fails to put dummy satellite in orbit
21 Oct 2021 - 9:45PM
Amid Squid Game and K-pop, Seoul spots a challenge to its soft power: Konglish, a hybrid of Korean and English

A growing trend in which young people pepper their speech with hybridised words mixing English and Korean has got Seoul fretting over its soft power.

A growing trend in which young people pepper their speech with hybridised words mixing English and Korean has got Seoul fretting over its soft power.

Amid Squid Game and K-pop, Seoul spots a challenge to its soft power: Konglish, a hybrid of Korean and English
20 Oct 2021 - 10:58PM
South Korean man dies after oxygen cylinder sucked into MRI machine

Projectiles are one of the biggest dangers associated with MRI scanners, as the strong magnetic fields generated by the machines attract metal objects and cause them to become airborne.

Projectiles are one of the biggest dangers associated with MRI scanners, as the strong magnetic fields generated by the machines attract metal objects and cause them to become airborne.

South Korean man dies after oxygen cylinder sucked into MRI machine
19 Oct 2021 - 9:08PM
North Korea fires at least one submarine-launched ballistic missile into sea

The country has been ramping up its weapons tests since September. The launch overshadowed the opening of South Korea’s largest defence expo.

The country has been ramping up its weapons tests since September. The launch overshadowed the opening of South Korea’s largest defence expo.

North Korea fires at least one submarine-launched ballistic missile into sea
19 Oct 2021 - 9:08PM
Video of bare-chested North Korean soldiers doing martial arts in front of Kim Jong-un goes viral

Soldiers smashed bricks and glass in front of Kim Jong-un at a military exhibition at which the North Korean leader vowed to build an ‘invincible’ army.

Soldiers smashed bricks and glass in front of Kim Jong-un at a military exhibition at which the North Korean leader vowed to build an ‘invincible’ army.

Video of bare-chested North Korean soldiers doing martial arts in front of Kim Jong-un goes viral
14 Oct 2021 - 3:07PM
South Korean presidential debate hits rock bottom as Yoon Seok-youl probed over anal acupuncturist and Rasputin-like preacher

Rivals probe People Power Party’s front-runner Yoon Seok-youl over his links to an unlicensed acupuncturist and a mysterious Rasputin-like preacher.

Rivals probe People Power Party’s front-runner Yoon Seok-youl over his links to an unlicensed acupuncturist and a mysterious Rasputin-like preacher.

South Korean presidential debate hits rock bottom as Yoon Seok-youl probed over anal acupuncturist and Rasputin-like preacher
8 Oct 2021 - 8:54PM
In South Korea, Chinese character on presidential hopeful’s palm creates stir over superstitions as race heats up

Yoon Seok-youl appeared on TV with the Chinese character for “king” on his left palm. It’s an inscription that shamans and elders believe will bring good luck in South Korea, where fortune telling and superstitions remain part of the culture.

Yoon Seok-youl appeared on TV with the Chinese character for “king” on his left palm. It’s an inscription that shamans and elders believe will bring good luck in South Korea, where fortune telling and superstitions remain part of the culture.

In South Korea, Chinese character on presidential hopeful’s palm creates stir over superstitions as race heats up
7 Oct 2021 - 10:32PM
Kim Jong-un has made clear his sister Kim Yo-jong is his de facto No 2, what’s next for her?

Is North Korea preparing for its first female leader?

Is North Korea preparing for its first female leader?

Kim Jong-un has made clear his sister Kim Yo-jong is his de facto No 2, what’s next for her?
11 Oct 2021 - 8:23AM
North Korea’s missile tests fuel nuclear weapons talk among Seoul, Tokyo conservatives

Worries over Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal have been buoyed by uncertainties over Washington’s security commitments to the region and China’s rise.

Worries over Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal have been buoyed by uncertainties over Washington’s security commitments to the region and China’s rise.

North Korea’s missile tests fuel nuclear weapons talk among Seoul, Tokyo conservatives
1 Oct 2021 - 10:09PM
North Korea claims it tested hypersonic missile to boost defence capabilities a ‘thousand-fold’

Pyongyang’s claim that it successfully tested a new hypersonic gliding missile on Tuesday comes as an arms race is intensifying in Asia. But Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and experts cast doubt on the weapon, saying data shows it is still at an early stage of development.

Pyongyang’s claim that it successfully tested a new hypersonic gliding missile on Tuesday comes as an arms race is intensifying in Asia. But Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and experts cast doubt on the weapon, saying data shows it is still at an early stage of development.

North Korea claims it tested hypersonic missile to boost defence capabilities a ‘thousand-fold’
29 Sep 2021 - 9:09PM
South Korea, US envoys to meet after North Korea’s latest missile test

Seoul’s top nuclear envoy Noh Kyu-duk spoke on the phone with the US special representative Sung Kim, and agreed to meet him in Jakarta on Thursday.

Seoul’s top nuclear envoy Noh Kyu-duk spoke on the phone with the US special representative Sung Kim, and agreed to meet him in Jakarta on Thursday.

South Korea, US envoys to meet after North Korea’s latest missile test
28 Sep 2021 - 10:48PM
Will Kim’s sister’s olive branch to Seoul herald a four-nation summit with US, China at the Beijing Winter Olympics?

Analysts say Kim Jong-un’s powerful sister is floating a trial balloon to see if Pyongyang can resume dialogue with Washington through Seoul, while South Korean leader Moon is keen on a summit between the Koreas, the US, and China as part of his reunification goal.

Analysts say Kim Jong-un’s powerful sister is floating a trial balloon to see if Pyongyang can resume dialogue with Washington through Seoul, while South Korean leader Moon is keen on a summit between the Koreas, the US, and China as part of his reunification goal.

Will Kim’s sister’s olive branch to Seoul herald a four-nation summit with US, China at the Beijing Winter Olympics?
27 Sep 2021 - 11:28PM
North Korea open to closer ties with Seoul, formal end to Korean war is ‘admirable idea’: Kim Yo-jong

Kim Jong-un’s powerful sister says a formal end to the 1950-53 conflict is on the cards if South Korea, US drop ‘double-dealing attitudes’ over the North’s ‘right to self defence’.

Kim Jong-un’s powerful sister says a formal end to the 1950-53 conflict is on the cards if South Korea, US drop ‘double-dealing attitudes’ over the North’s ‘right to self defence’.

North Korea open to closer ties with Seoul, formal end to Korean war is ‘admirable idea’: Kim Yo-jong
24 Sep 2021 - 8:47PM
A lesson for Hong Kong, Singapore in mainland China’s crackdown on the tutoring industry?

Sceptics of Beijing’s move say the real stress comes not from tutors but from a cultural emphasis on academic achievement and not wanting to get ‘left behind’.

Sceptics of Beijing’s move say the real stress comes not from tutors but from a cultural emphasis on academic achievement and not wanting to get ‘left behind’.

A lesson for Hong Kong, Singapore in mainland China’s crackdown on the tutoring industry?
23 Sep 2021 - 3:17PM
Korean arms race heats up as North fires ballistic missiles, South in submarine breakthrough

A spate of missile launches and weapons breakthroughs comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at denuclearising the North.

A spate of missile launches and weapons breakthroughs comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at denuclearising the North.

Korean arms race heats up as North fires ballistic missiles, South in submarine breakthrough
16 Sep 2021 - 5:25AM
China’s Wang Yi slams US move for South Korea to join ‘outdated’ Five Eyes alliance

Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his counterpart Chung Eui-yong that Seoul and Beijing are ‘partners that can’t part ways’, on his last stop of a four-nation Asian tour.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his counterpart Chung Eui-yong that Seoul and Beijing are ‘partners that can’t part ways’, on his last stop of a four-nation Asian tour.

China’s Wang Yi slams US move for South Korea to join ‘outdated’ Five Eyes alliance
15 Sep 2021 - 10:07PM
South Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile for first time as North prepares military parade

Meanwhile, North Korea preparations for a military parade have prompted South Korea and the US to intensify surveillance.

Meanwhile, North Korea preparations for a military parade have prompted South Korea and the US to intensify surveillance.

South Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile for first time as North prepares military parade
7 Sep 2021 - 9:20PM
BTS fans ensnared in China’s crackdown as K-pop market watches with ‘concern’

Beijing’s crackdown on ‘irrational’ idol fans comes as K-pop sales in China reached a monthly record of US$8.25 million in July.

Beijing’s crackdown on ‘irrational’ idol fans comes as K-pop sales in China reached a monthly record of US$8.25 million in July.

BTS fans ensnared in China’s crackdown as K-pop market watches with ‘concern’
21 Sep 2021 - 1:36PM
Filipino woman accused of beating to death US serviceman’s 3-year-old son in South Korea

The victim was one of two sons, the other aged seven, of a United States Forces Korea service member who had reportedly asked the woman to look after his children.

The victim was one of two sons, the other aged seven, of a United States Forces Korea service member who had reportedly asked the woman to look after his children.

Filipino woman accused of beating to death US serviceman’s 3-year-old son in South Korea
6 Sep 2021 - 8:28PM
South Korea’s ‘dating violence’ problem exposed by young woman’s death after savage beating

Hwang Ye-jin, 25, had her ribs broken, internal organs damaged and suffered bleeding on the brain after she was savagely attacked by her boyfriend at her Seoul home.

Hwang Ye-jin, 25, had her ribs broken, internal organs damaged and suffered bleeding on the brain after she was savagely attacked by her boyfriend at her Seoul home.

South Korea’s ‘dating violence’ problem exposed by young woman’s death after savage beating
6 Sep 2021 - 11:42AM
Vietnam war survivors push Seoul to compensate for Korean troop atrocities

Victims of massacres at Phong Nhi and Phong Nhut are seeking compensation from Seoul, in the first lawsuit of its kind being tried in South Korea, as hearings continue for a new law pushing for investigations into the allegations.

Victims of massacres at Phong Nhi and Phong Nhut are seeking compensation from Seoul, in the first lawsuit of its kind being tried in South Korea, as hearings continue for a new law pushing for investigations into the allegations.

Vietnam war survivors push Seoul to compensate for Korean troop atrocities
30 Aug 2021 - 11:09PM
Seoul and Beijing have restored military cooperation, says South Korea’s vice-defence minister

Park Jae-min, South Korea’s vice-defence minister, said both sides had built ‘mutual trust’ even amid growing strategic competition in the region.

Park Jae-min, South Korea’s vice-defence minister, said both sides had built ‘mutual trust’ even amid growing strategic competition in the region.

Seoul and Beijing have restored military cooperation, says South Korea’s vice-defence minister
27 Aug 2021 - 8:33PM
South Korea wary of US plan to use military bases to process Afghan evacuees as withdrawal ignites debate

After US withdrawal from Afghanistan allowed Taliban to seize control, Washington is considering using bases in South Korea and Japan to temporarily house evacuees.

After US withdrawal from Afghanistan allowed Taliban to seize control, Washington is considering using bases in South Korea and Japan to temporarily house evacuees.

South Korea wary of US plan to use military bases to process Afghan evacuees as withdrawal ignites debate
23 Aug 2021 - 8:34PM
North Korea’s no-sail warning expires without missile launches, suggesting ‘technical glitches’

South Korea and the US have been conducting joint military drills, which North Korea has long denounced as rehearsals for invasion.

South Korea and the US have been conducting joint military drills, which North Korea has long denounced as rehearsals for invasion.

North Korea’s no-sail warning expires without missile launches, suggesting ‘technical glitches’
19 Aug 2021 - 8:48PM
South Korea’s new submarine brings North Korean, Chinese bases within range

The South Korean navy has commissioned its first domestically built submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles, putting it among a select group of countries.

The South Korean navy has commissioned its first domestically built submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles, putting it among a select group of countries.

South Korea’s new submarine brings North Korean, Chinese bases within range
13 Aug 2021 - 8:40PM
China urges Koreas to get along, as North warns of ‘crisis’ over US-South Korea military drills

China’s ambassador to Seoul said inter-Korean relations should be improved, after a top North Korean official again resorted to sabre-rattling over US-South Korea military drills.

China’s ambassador to Seoul said inter-Korean relations should be improved, after a top North Korean official again resorted to sabre-rattling over US-South Korea military drills.

China urges Koreas to get along, as North warns of ‘crisis’ over US-South Korea military drills
11 Aug 2021 - 10:23PM
North Korea lashes ‘treacherous’ Seoul for proceeding with joint US military drills

‘The United States and South Korea will face a more serious security threat by ignoring our repeated warnings,’ Kim Yo-jong said, according to state media.

‘The United States and South Korea will face a more serious security threat by ignoring our repeated warnings,’ Kim Yo-jong said, according to state media.

North Korea lashes ‘treacherous’ Seoul for proceeding with joint US military drills
10 Aug 2021 - 10:20PM
South Korea launches US$2 billion plan to make Covid-19 vaccine production as important as semiconductors

Seoul is spending US$2 billion to boost vaccine production, enhancing its importance as a global supplier of strategic products including semiconductors and batteries amid deepening US-China rivalry.

Seoul is spending US$2 billion to boost vaccine production, enhancing its importance as a global supplier of strategic products including semiconductors and batteries amid deepening US-China rivalry.

South Korea launches US$2 billion plan to make Covid-19 vaccine production as important as semiconductors
10 Aug 2021 - 7:00AM
Tokyo Olympics: Chinese shuttler’s foul mouth prompts South Korea to lodge official complaint with world badminton body

Badminton women’s doubles world No 2 Chen Qingchen was repeatedly heard yelling expletives during a group match and semi-final against South Korea.

Badminton women’s doubles world No 2 Chen Qingchen was repeatedly heard yelling expletives during a group match and semi-final against South Korea.

Tokyo Olympics: Chinese shuttler’s foul mouth prompts South Korea to lodge official complaint with world badminton body
5 Aug 2021 - 10:46PM
South Korea’s spy chief sees promise of better ties with North Korea, as Kim Jong-un’s head bandage fuels health questions

Park Jie-won, head of the National Intelligence Service, also said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un showed few indications of ill health even though he was seen with a head bandage, fuelling speculation that he had gone for surgery.

Park Jie-won, head of the National Intelligence Service, also said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un showed few indications of ill health even though he was seen with a head bandage, fuelling speculation that he had gone for surgery.

South Korea’s spy chief sees promise of better ties with North Korea, as Kim Jong-un’s head bandage fuels health questions
3 Aug 2021 - 10:36PM