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 official hits out at ‘chaotic’ US approach to Pyongyang after John Bolton memoir

Moon Chung-in, a special adviser to the South Korean president, also accused former US national security adviser John Bolton of thwarting talks with North Korea.

2 Jul 2020 - 6:53PM

Moon Chung-in, a special adviser to the South Korean president, also accused former US national security adviser John Bolton of thwarting talks with North Korea.

South Korea official hits out at ‘chaotic’ US approach to Pyongyang after John Bolton memoir
Death of South Korean athlete Choi Sook-hyun amid allegations of violence and abuse sparks uproar

Choi Sook-hyun, 22, took her own life last week after filing a litany of complaints about the violence and abuse she said she had suffered at the hands of her coach and a team doctor.

2 Jul 2020 - 7:32PM

Choi Sook-hyun, 22, took her own life last week after filing a litany of complaints about the violence and abuse she said she had suffered at the hands of her coach and a team doctor.

Death of South Korean athlete Choi Sook-hyun amid allegations of violence and abuse sparks uproar
National security law: could Japan or South Korea take Hong Kong’s finance crown?

As some Hong Kong firms consider an exit strategy in the wake of Beijing’s national security law, Asian cities are angling for a piece of the action.

29 Jun 2020 - 5:25PM

As some Hong Kong firms consider an exit strategy in the wake of Beijing’s national security law, Asian cities are angling for a piece of the action.

National security law: could Japan or South Korea take Hong Kong’s finance crown?
North Korea reinstalls border loudspeakers, defectors send leaflets amid rising tensions

North Korea’s military was seen putting up about 20 loudspeakers near the demilitarised zone, as defectors launched more balloons containing leaflets.

23 Jun 2020 - 10:40PM

North Korea’s military was seen putting up about 20 loudspeakers near the demilitarised zone, as defectors launched more balloons containing leaflets.

North Korea reinstalls border loudspeakers, defectors send leaflets amid rising tensions
North Korea says South ‘has to face the music’ as it readies ‘retaliatory punishment’

North Korea said it will send 12 million leaflets in 3,000 balloons to South Korea, reflective of the ‘wrath and hatred’ of leaflets sent from the south.

22 Jun 2020 - 11:40PM

North Korea said it will send 12 million leaflets in 3,000 balloons to South Korea, reflective of the ‘wrath and hatred’ of leaflets sent from the south.

North Korea says South ‘has to face the music’ as it readies ‘retaliatory punishment’
The defectors whose airborne propaganda enraged North Korea

One is an evangelist with a three-tonne truck, while another has a propensity for ‘media stunts’. All operate amid debate on whether it is even the best way to reach out to those in the North.

20 Jun 2020 - 1:38PM

One is an evangelist with a three-tonne truck, while another has a propensity for ‘media stunts’. All operate amid debate on whether it is even the best way to reach out to those in the North.

The defectors whose airborne propaganda enraged North Korea
South Korean unification minister quits as North says it will send troops to Kaesong

Military moves come a day after Pyongyang blew up an inter-Korean liaison office in an escalation of tensions.

17 Jun 2020 - 10:47PM

Military moves come a day after Pyongyang blew up an inter-Korean liaison office in an escalation of tensions.

South Korean unification minister quits as North says it will send troops to Kaesong
North Korea blows up Kaesong liaison office near border with South

South Korea’s Ministry of Unification confirmed the action, which marks an escalation of tensions since activist groups sent anti-Kim leaflets across the border.

17 Jun 2020 - 4:07AM

South Korea’s Ministry of Unification confirmed the action, which marks an escalation of tensions since activist groups sent anti-Kim leaflets across the border.

North Korea blows up Kaesong liaison office near border with South
South Korea’s President Moon urges Pyongyang to return to dialogue after threat of military action

Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, says it is better to take retaliatory measures than condemn the South’s behaviour.

15 Jun 2020 - 10:43PM

Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, says it is better to take retaliatory measures than condemn the South’s behaviour.

South Korea’s President Moon urges Pyongyang to return to dialogue after threat of military action
Situation ‘grave’ as South Korea holds emergency meeting about North’s threats

South Korea urged North Korea to uphold reconciliation agreements after threat of military action.

14 Jun 2020 - 9:51PM

South Korea urged North Korea to uphold reconciliation agreements after threat of military action.

Situation ‘grave’ as South Korea holds emergency meeting about North’s threats
North Korea axes dialogue with South, accuses Seoul of aiding defectors to insult Kim Jong-un

Starting from noon on Tuesday, Pyongyang will end a hotline in the inter-Korean liaison office.

9 Jun 2020 - 11:47PM

Starting from noon on Tuesday, Pyongyang will end a hotline in the inter-Korean liaison office.

North Korea axes dialogue with South, accuses Seoul of aiding defectors to insult Kim Jong-un
Tempers flare as South Korean villagers stop activists from sending rice, face masks to North

This came as Pyongyang criticised Seoul for not stopping leaflets being sent over the border, and failed to answer a regularly scheduled phone call.

9 Jun 2020 - 6:11AM

This came as Pyongyang criticised Seoul for not stopping leaflets being sent over the border, and failed to answer a regularly scheduled phone call.

Tempers flare as South Korean villagers stop activists from sending rice, face masks to North
North Korea threatens to abandon military agreement with the South over leaflets criticising Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader’s sister Kim Yo-jong said South would ‘pay a dear price’ if leaflets criticising the regime continue to be sent across the border by activists.

4 Jun 2020 - 9:20PM

North Korean leader’s sister Kim Yo-jong said South would ‘pay a dear price’ if leaflets criticising the regime continue to be sent across the border by activists.

North Korea threatens to abandon military agreement with the South over leaflets criticising Kim Jong-un
Coronavirus: South Korea grapples with new infection clusters a month after easing social distancing rules

South Korea was initially praised as a model for containing the pandemic, but has struggled to tackle new clusters after social distancing rules were eased last month.

2 Jun 2020 - 10:21PM

South Korea was initially praised as a model for containing the pandemic, but has struggled to tackle new clusters after social distancing rules were eased last month.

Coronavirus: South Korea grapples with new infection clusters a month after easing social distancing rules
Chinese man sentenced to 22 years in jail in South Korea for murdering ‘demon’ daughter

The man divorced his wife in 2017 and began living with a new girlfriend, who blamed the seven-year-old girl for her two miscarriages.

1 Jun 2020 - 9:22PM

The man divorced his wife in 2017 and began living with a new girlfriend, who blamed the seven-year-old girl for her two miscarriages.

Chinese man sentenced to 22 years in jail in South Korea for murdering ‘demon’ daughter
Hong Kong national security law heightens South Korea’s painful choice: US or China?

‘If Hong Kong loses its special trading status, many South Korean firms would feel pressure to relocate out of the city’.

28 May 2020 - 12:41PM

‘If Hong Kong loses its special trading status, many South Korean firms would feel pressure to relocate out of the city’.

Hong Kong national security law heightens South Korea’s painful choice: US or China?
Coronavirus: South Korea’s oldest patient recovers, leaves hospital age 104

Choi Sang-boon tested positive on March 8 as part of a care home infection cluster in Gyeongsan. She recovered after 67 days of treatment.

15 May 2020 - 6:26PM

Choi Sang-boon tested positive on March 8 as part of a care home infection cluster in Gyeongsan. She recovered after 67 days of treatment.

Coronavirus: South Korea’s oldest patient recovers, leaves hospital age 104
Coronavirus: South Korea’s expats, teachers face scrutiny as nightclub outbreak worsens

As authorities try to trace 3,000 people who visited Itaewon nightclubs linked to a new infection cluster, foreign teachers are being asked to surrender credit card details to track their movements.

14 May 2020 - 9:29PM

As authorities try to trace 3,000 people who visited Itaewon nightclubs linked to a new infection cluster, foreign teachers are being asked to surrender credit card details to track their movements.

Coronavirus: South Korea’s expats, teachers face scrutiny as nightclub outbreak worsens
South Korea LGBT stigma complicates coronavirus testing as new cases rise

A new outbreak linked to clubs popular with the gay community in central Seoul is challenging South Korea’s gradual reopening, and hostility against members of the LGBT community could make them reluctant to come forward.

12 May 2020 - 1:54PM

A new outbreak linked to clubs popular with the gay community in central Seoul is challenging South Korea’s gradual reopening, and hostility against members of the LGBT community could make them reluctant to come forward.

South Korea LGBT stigma complicates coronavirus testing as new cases rise
Coronavirus: South Korea reports new infection cluster linked to nightclubs

A man who visited three nightclubs in Seoul’s popular Itaewon neighbourhood over the weekend later tested positive. He had not worn a face mask and there were at least 1,500 patrons at the clubs.

8 May 2020 - 9:18PM

A man who visited three nightclubs in Seoul’s popular Itaewon neighbourhood over the weekend later tested positive. He had not worn a face mask and there were at least 1,500 patrons at the clubs.

Coronavirus: South Korea reports new infection cluster linked to nightclubs
The sun’s out and so are South Koreans on first day with no new domestic Covid-19 cases since February

The country’s four new infections on Thursday were all imported, but health officials have cautioned people against letting their guard down.

30 Apr 2020 - 5:32PM

The country’s four new infections on Thursday were all imported, but health officials have cautioned people against letting their guard down.

The sun’s out and so are South Koreans on first day with no new domestic Covid-19 cases since February
South Korean patients who test positive for reactivated coronavirus have ‘little or no infectivity’, officials say

Even though the virus these patients has low infectivity, the phenomenon has implications for attempts to use antibodies to develop a vaccine.

23 Apr 2020 - 10:17PM

Even though the virus these patients has low infectivity, the phenomenon has implications for attempts to use antibodies to develop a vaccine.

South Korean patients who test positive for reactivated coronavirus have ‘little or no infectivity’, officials say
Kim Jong-un may be in ‘grave danger’ after cardiovascular surgical procedure, reports say

Comments by a US official have fuelled speculation about the North Korean leader’s health but South Korean and Chinese sources have cast doubts over talk he is gravely ill.

22 Apr 2020 - 12:12PM

Comments by a US official have fuelled speculation about the North Korean leader’s health but South Korean and Chinese sources have cast doubts over talk he is gravely ill.

Kim Jong-un may be in ‘grave danger’ after cardiovascular surgical procedure, reports say
South Korean scientists map coronavirus genome, paving way for vaccine and better tests

V. Narry Kim, one of the country’s most prominent researchers, says the breakthrough will help scientists understand how the virus replicates and escapes the human defence system.

10 Apr 2020 - 11:11PM

V. Narry Kim, one of the country’s most prominent researchers, says the breakthrough will help scientists understand how the virus replicates and escapes the human defence system.

South Korean scientists map coronavirus genome, paving way for vaccine and better tests
South Koreans don face masks, plastic gloves to vote, as new coronavirus cases drop to record low

Of the 44 million eligible voters, most are expected to support President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party.

10 Apr 2020 - 11:28PM

Of the 44 million eligible voters, most are expected to support President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party.

South Koreans don face masks, plastic gloves to vote, as new coronavirus cases drop to record low
Coronavirus: South Korea capital Seoul orders bars, clubs to close

The move was announced after two female bar employees were diagnosed with the virus after coming into contact with a K-pop singer who recently returned from Japan.

8 Apr 2020 - 10:35PM

The move was announced after two female bar employees were diagnosed with the virus after coming into contact with a K-pop singer who recently returned from Japan.

Coronavirus: South Korea capital Seoul orders bars, clubs to close
Coronavirus: South Korea urges caution as scenic spots packed amid dwindling case numbers

Images of crowded parks and long traffic jams en route to scenic spots at the weekend have prompted health authorities to warn of a resurgence in cases.

6 Apr 2020 - 7:57PM

Images of crowded parks and long traffic jams en route to scenic spots at the weekend have prompted health authorities to warn of a resurgence in cases.

Coronavirus: South Korea urges caution as scenic spots packed amid dwindling case numbers
Coronavirus cluster emerges at another South Korean church, as others press ahead with Sunday services

The controversial Manmin Central Church in Seoul, whose pastor Lee Jae-rok is in prison for rape, has been linked to 22 Covid-19 cases.

30 Mar 2020 - 11:15PM

The controversial Manmin Central Church in Seoul, whose pastor Lee Jae-rok is in prison for rape, has been linked to 22 Covid-19 cases.

Coronavirus cluster emerges at another South Korean church, as others press ahead with Sunday services
Coronavirus: ‘It was like my intestines were being ripped out’, says South Korean high-schooler infected by Shincheonji follower

The student has since recovered, but like many who have been cured, she is avoiding the public eye for fear of being shunned by others.

22 Mar 2020 - 8:00AM

The student has since recovered, but like many who have been cured, she is avoiding the public eye for fear of being shunned by others.

Coronavirus: ‘It was like my intestines were being ripped out’, says South Korean high-schooler infected by Shincheonji follower
Coronavirus: China, South Korea and Japan cooperating to reduce imported cases

China and South Korea also supported Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s promise to hold the Olympic Games in their ‘complete form’.

20 Mar 2020 - 11:03PM

China and South Korea also supported Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s promise to hold the Olympic Games in their ‘complete form’.

Coronavirus: China, South Korea and Japan cooperating to reduce imported cases