With the South Korean economy contracting in the first quarter of 2019 and the negotiations process with North Korea stymied, critics say President Moon Jae-in is now moving to silence criticism in other ways. Photo: Yonhap via AP
Donald Kirk
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Donald Kirk

South Korea’s proposed anti-corruption unit is a thinly disguised power grab for Moon Jae-in – and it won’t work

  • If Moon can create a special new agency to investigate corruption, we can expect him to use it against his political opponents, who have been emboldened by his failing diplomatic and domestic policies

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With the South Korean economy contracting in the first quarter of 2019 and the negotiations process with North Korea stymied, critics say President Moon Jae-in is now moving to silence criticism in other ways. Photo: Yonhap via AP
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.