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  • Cryptocurrency trading volume was down in mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan in the year through June, according to Chainalysis
  • Hong Kong’s embrace of crypto markets has also ‘fostered bubbling optimism’ in the region, providing a ‘potential tailwind’

Seoul’s most Instagrammed neighbourhood in 2022, Seongsu has soared in popularity thanks to its mixed retro 1990s and modern vibe, but its traditional businesses are disappearing fast.

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Following Kim Jong-un’s visit to Russia this month, North Korea could arm Russia in exchange for a technology transfer to boost the North’s nuclear arsenal.

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Southeast Asia is also a hot destination for South Korean investors, and analysts say the trend is obvious: Korean companies in China are withdrawing capital or moving to places such as Vietnam.

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Officials don’t know why Pyongyang released Private Travis King, but suspect that his low rank meant he had no real value in terms of either leverage or information.

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Consumers in the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and South Korea will now receive their parcels within five working days of placing an order on AliExpress, thanks to its joint initiative with Cainiao.

On a trip to the Korean demilitarised zone (DMZ), visitors can look across to the secretive North, see tunnels built to invade South Korea, and walk onto bridges that once joined two nations still technically at war.

K-pop sensation Blackpink just wrapped its Born Pink World Tour with a two-day finale in Seoul – Style looks back at each member’s best fashion moments

Chinese candied fruit, or ‘tanghulu’, is trending in South Korea. We look at how and why the centuries-old snack became popular with young Koreans, how it’s evolved, and whether the food craze is here to stay.

While too early to know the impact of tariff changes introduced in August, trade lawyer warns Chinese companies to expect more trade-related costs in Mexico.

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South Korea has asked Japan to investigate a case of a Korean woman who had acute food poisoning after she was served water containing bleach at a Tokyo restaurant.

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The president said Seoul and its allies would not stand idly by if Moscow helped Pyongyang enhance its weapons programmes in return for help in the Ukraine war.

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The 10 Asian digital payment services now supported by Ant’s ‘Alipay+-in-China’ programme cover a total population of more than 175 million in Southeast and East Asia.

Qatar will ensure the funds, which are blocked in South Korea after US sanctions on Iran were hardened in 2018, are spent on humanitarian goods.

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Democratic Party of Korea leader Lee Jae-myung cited Seoul’s failure to oppose the Fukushima wastewaster release as one of the reasons for the hunger strike he began on August 31.

Lawmakers are debating bills that would meet some of the teachers’ demands, but experts worry the proposals could weaken protection for children.

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More than 170,000 South Korean children were adopted by Western families in the turbulent post-war period. Many were labelled ‘orphans’, only to discover their birth parents still very much alive decades later.