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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Flu vaccine deaths: South Korea scrambles to control panic, says any link is ‘coincidental’

President Moon Jae-in urged South Koreans to trust health authorities, calling for widespread vaccinations to avoid a ‘twin pandemic’ of flu and Covid-19.

27 Oct 2020 - 9:39PM

President Moon Jae-in urged South Koreans to trust health authorities, calling for widespread vaccinations to avoid a ‘twin pandemic’ of flu and Covid-19.

Flu vaccine deaths: South Korea scrambles to control panic, says any link is ‘coincidental’
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un honours Chinese war dead as both sides highlight strong ties

As China marks the 70th anniversary of its entry into the Korean war, the US said an end-of-war declaration cannot come before the North’s denuclearisation.

22 Oct 2020 - 10:39PM

As China marks the 70th anniversary of its entry into the Korean war, the US said an end-of-war declaration cannot come before the North’s denuclearisation.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un honours Chinese war dead as both sides highlight strong ties
South Korea sees dramatic leap in foreign direct investments in Q3 as confidence returns

Inward FDI during July to September surged 83 per cent to US$3.1 billion, as investors made their postponed funding ‘with vengeance’, a trade official said.

21 Oct 2020 - 8:47AM

Inward FDI during July to September surged 83 per cent to US$3.1 billion, as investors made their postponed funding ‘with vengeance’, a trade official said.

South Korea sees dramatic leap in foreign direct investments in Q3 as confidence returns
Coronavirus: Sydney opens up to New Zealand travellers; Thailand seeks travel bubble with China

Quarantine restrictions were lifted on travellers to Sydney from New Zealand, while Thailand is in talks with China to establish a quarantine-free travel corridor.

16 Oct 2020 - 11:04PM

Quarantine restrictions were lifted on travellers to Sydney from New Zealand, while Thailand is in talks with China to establish a quarantine-free travel corridor.

Coronavirus: Sydney opens up to New Zealand travellers; Thailand seeks travel bubble with China
K-pop superstars BTS become multimillionaires after Big Hit shares surge in South Korea

Big Hit Entertainment’s shares soared on the first trading day since going public before receding, valuing the South Korean agency at US$7.6 billion.

15 Oct 2020 - 11:04PM

Big Hit Entertainment’s shares soared on the first trading day since going public before receding, valuing the South Korean agency at US$7.6 billion.

K-pop superstars BTS become multimillionaires after Big Hit shares surge in South Korea
Is North Korea gearing up to unveil new missiles at military parade in ‘show of force’ before US election?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promised to showcase ‘new strategic weapons’, and upcoming US election could be perfect timing.

8 Oct 2020 - 4:25PM

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promised to showcase ‘new strategic weapons’, and upcoming US election could be perfect timing.

Is North Korea gearing up to unveil new missiles at military parade in ‘show of force’ before US election?
South Korea’s request for submarine nuclear fuel from US denied: report

A Donga Ilbo report said the request was made through Kim Hyun-chong, the deputy chief of the National Security Office, but that the US has made it clear it will not transfer fuel for nuclear-powered submarines to any country, allies or not.

6 Oct 2020 - 9:42PM

A Donga Ilbo report said the request was made through Kim Hyun-chong, the deputy chief of the National Security Office, but that the US has made it clear it will not transfer fuel for nuclear-powered submarines to any country, allies or not.

South Korea’s request for submarine nuclear fuel from US denied: report
As Chinese plan golden week travel, South Koreans celebrating Chuseok are urged to stay home

Millions of people usually fan out across the country for this week’s autumn harvest holiday. But amid fears of a spike in Covid-19 cases, authorities are doing all they can to dissuade travel, with the PM urging people to ‘blame’ him for failing to visit their parents.

29 Sep 2020 - 8:54PM

Millions of people usually fan out across the country for this week’s autumn harvest holiday. But amid fears of a spike in Covid-19 cases, authorities are doing all they can to dissuade travel, with the PM urging people to ‘blame’ him for failing to visit their parents.

As Chinese plan golden week travel, South Koreans celebrating Chuseok are urged to stay home
US arms control envoy presses South Korea on missile deployment to counter China

Marshall Billingslea met with South Korea’s deputy foreign minister to discuss China’s ‘rapid build-up’ of nuclear weapons and ballistic and conventional missiles and how allies could work together to counter this.

28 Sep 2020 - 10:57PM

Marshall Billingslea met with South Korea’s deputy foreign minister to discuss China’s ‘rapid build-up’ of nuclear weapons and ballistic and conventional missiles and how allies could work together to counter this.

US arms control envoy presses South Korea on missile deployment to counter China
Seoul condemns North Korean military’s shooting of official as ‘act of atrocity’

The 47-year-old official disappeared on Monday from a government vessel near the countries’ sea border, suggesting he was seeking to defect.

24 Sep 2020 - 8:18PM

The 47-year-old official disappeared on Monday from a government vessel near the countries’ sea border, suggesting he was seeking to defect.

Seoul condemns North Korean military’s shooting of official as ‘act of atrocity’
South Korea investigates reports of missing government official found in North Korean waters

The 47-year-old from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries disappeared on Monday from a South Korean vessel near the border.

23 Sep 2020 - 4:00PM

The 47-year-old from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries disappeared on Monday from a South Korean vessel near the border.

South Korea investigates reports of missing government official found in North Korean waters
Coronavirus: Australia extends international travel ban; South Korea maintains restrictions

Australia’s emergency period will last till December 17 at least. South Korea extended social distancing restrictions while thousands of doctors ended a two-week strike.

4 Sep 2020 - 10:43PM

Australia’s emergency period will last till December 17 at least. South Korea extended social distancing restrictions while thousands of doctors ended a two-week strike.

Coronavirus: Australia extends international travel ban; South Korea maintains restrictions
Coronavirus latest: South Korea’s outbreak eases but kimchi factory identified as new cluster

South Korea reported fewer than 200 daily increases for the first time in more than two weeks but the number of seriously ill patients reached a new high.

3 Sep 2020 - 7:30PM

South Korea reported fewer than 200 daily increases for the first time in more than two weeks but the number of seriously ill patients reached a new high.

Coronavirus latest: South Korea’s outbreak eases but kimchi factory identified as new cluster
Coronavirus: South Korea on edge with rise in unlinked cases, patients in critical condition

The 235 new cases reported on Tuesday brought the country’s total to 20,182 as officials warned about an increase in untraceable transmissions.

1 Sep 2020 - 2:52PM

The 235 new cases reported on Tuesday brought the country’s total to 20,182 as officials warned about an increase in untraceable transmissions.

Coronavirus: South Korea on edge with rise in unlinked cases, patients in critical condition
Coronavirus: South Korea tightens curbs on cram schools, restaurants; Japan grabs 521 million vaccine doses

Experts warn the country could possibly record daily increases of 800 or even 2,000 as early as next week if the viral spread cannot be contained.

28 Aug 2020 - 10:08PM

Experts warn the country could possibly record daily increases of 800 or even 2,000 as early as next week if the viral spread cannot be contained.

Coronavirus: South Korea tightens curbs on cram schools, restaurants; Japan grabs 521 million vaccine doses
Coronavirus: South Korea’s surge raises prospect of stricter curbs

South Korea has recorded almost 4,000 new cases in the past two weeks. Authorities have warned schools and businesses could close, risking further damage to Asia’s fourth-largest economy.

27 Aug 2020 - 2:12PM

South Korea has recorded almost 4,000 new cases in the past two weeks. Authorities have warned schools and businesses could close, risking further damage to Asia’s fourth-largest economy.

Coronavirus: South Korea’s surge raises prospect of stricter curbs
Coronavirus: South Korea shuts schools, braces for health care workers’ strike

South Korea reported 280 new infections on Tuesday and there are growing concerns about the increased number of untraced cases.

25 Aug 2020 - 10:40PM

South Korea reported 280 new infections on Tuesday and there are growing concerns about the increased number of untraced cases.

Coronavirus: South Korea shuts schools, braces for health care workers’ strike
Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit South Korea ‘as soon as Covid-19 under control’, Seoul says

Trip will happen ‘as soon as the right environment is created’ with regards to the global health crisis, Blue House says after senior officials meet in Busan.

22 Aug 2020 - 11:03PM

Trip will happen ‘as soon as the right environment is created’ with regards to the global health crisis, Blue House says after senior officials meet in Busan.

Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit South Korea ‘as soon as Covid-19 under control’, Seoul says
Coronavirus latest: South Korea’s Moon says churches breaking rules must be punished; Japan cases ‘reaching peak’

Moon’s comments come as Sarang Jeil church, the hotbed of South Korea’s new coronavirus outbreak, has refused to cooperate with authorities.

21 Aug 2020 - 7:57PM

Moon’s comments come as Sarang Jeil church, the hotbed of South Korea’s new coronavirus outbreak, has refused to cooperate with authorities.

Coronavirus latest: South Korea’s Moon says churches breaking rules must be punished; Japan cases ‘reaching peak’
North Koreans eating pet dogs story is of questionable pedigree: Russia

Seoul newspaper claims Kim is forcing North Koreans to sell pets to restaurants to beat food shortages. Russia says it’s a shaggy-dog story.

21 Aug 2020 - 9:04PM

Seoul newspaper claims Kim is forcing North Koreans to sell pets to restaurants to beat food shortages. Russia says it’s a shaggy-dog story.

North Koreans eating pet dogs story is of questionable pedigree: Russia
Coronavirus latest: South Korea limits street rallies in Seoul; India has record 69,000 new cases

Street demonstrations of 10 people or more will be banned in Seoul until August 30, the local government of South Korea’s capital said.

20 Aug 2020 - 4:24PM

Street demonstrations of 10 people or more will be banned in Seoul until August 30, the local government of South Korea’s capital said.

Coronavirus latest: South Korea limits street rallies in Seoul; India has record 69,000 new cases
Coronavirus: South Korea bans all religious meetings in ‘last ditch’ bid to quash new outbreak

Pastor who leads the Sarang Jeil church, which is at the centre of the recent outbreak, dismissed social distancing advice and has since tested positive.

18 Aug 2020 - 10:00PM

Pastor who leads the Sarang Jeil church, which is at the centre of the recent outbreak, dismissed social distancing advice and has since tested positive.

Coronavirus: South Korea bans all religious meetings in ‘last ditch’ bid to quash new outbreak
South Korea in ‘grave situation’ after biggest coronavirus outbreak in five months

South Korea reports 279 new coronavirus cases as fears grow about a massive outbreak in the greater capital region.

16 Aug 2020 - 11:07PM

South Korea reports 279 new coronavirus cases as fears grow about a massive outbreak in the greater capital region.

South Korea in ‘grave situation’ after biggest coronavirus outbreak in five months
Coronavirus latest: South Korea tightens restrictions in Seoul; Japan records 1,200 new cases

South Korea shuts entertainment venues, limits gatherings of up to 50 as it reports 166 new cases.

16 Aug 2020 - 2:16AM

South Korea shuts entertainment venues, limits gatherings of up to 50 as it reports 166 new cases.

Coronavirus latest: South Korea tightens restrictions in Seoul; Japan records 1,200 new cases
Coronavirus latest: New Zealand extends Auckland lockdown; South Korea sees spike in cases

Auckland locked down for 12 more days as New Zealand battles 30 new cases, while South Korea reports 103 cases, one of its biggest daily jumps in months.

14 Aug 2020 - 11:08PM

Auckland locked down for 12 more days as New Zealand battles 30 new cases, while South Korea reports 103 cases, one of its biggest daily jumps in months.

Coronavirus latest: New Zealand extends Auckland lockdown; South Korea sees spike in cases
Coronavirus: South Korea hit with resurgence of church-linked infection clusters

The country recorded a daily tally of 50-plus cases for the first time in more than two weeks on Wednesday – many traced back to small churches in the capital region.

12 Aug 2020 - 5:12PM

The country recorded a daily tally of 50-plus cases for the first time in more than two weeks on Wednesday – many traced back to small churches in the capital region.

Coronavirus: South Korea hit with resurgence of church-linked infection clusters
South Korea’s soaring property prices dash home ownership dreams for ‘dirt spoons’

Seoul is struggling to curb runaway home prices, which have risen an eye-watering 34 per cent on average since President Moon Jae-in came to power.

9 Aug 2020 - 9:05PM

Seoul is struggling to curb runaway home prices, which have risen an eye-watering 34 per cent on average since President Moon Jae-in came to power.

South Korea’s soaring property prices dash home ownership dreams for ‘dirt spoons’
South Korean lawmaker’s red dress stirs debate about sexism and male-dominated politics

Ryu Ho-jeong, 28, became a target of misogynistic abuse but also drew support from other female lawmakers for her willingness to challenge patriarchal culture.

7 Aug 2020 - 9:04PM

Ryu Ho-jeong, 28, became a target of misogynistic abuse but also drew support from other female lawmakers for her willingness to challenge patriarchal culture.

South Korean lawmaker’s red dress stirs debate about sexism and male-dominated politics
Coronavirus: South Korea arrests Shincheonji church leader for stalling virus containment efforts

Lee Man-hee, 88, is accused of ordering church officials to hide followers’ identities, hampering health authorities’ contact tracing efforts.

1 Aug 2020 - 6:23PM

Lee Man-hee, 88, is accused of ordering church officials to hide followers’ identities, hampering health authorities’ contact tracing efforts.

Coronavirus: South Korea arrests Shincheonji church leader for stalling virus containment efforts
South Korea and US ease rocket fuel restrictions as Seoul seeks ‘unblinking eye’ to monitor Pyongyang

The announcement came a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hailed his own country’s development of ‘nuclear deterrence’.

28 Jul 2020 - 7:34PM

The announcement came a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hailed his own country’s development of ‘nuclear deterrence’.

South Korea and US ease rocket fuel restrictions as Seoul seeks ‘unblinking eye’ to monitor Pyongyang