Category: Korea

Korea

Political scandals hang over Moon’s rush to populist projects

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As South Korea’s left-wing President Moon Jae-in enters the third year of his presidency, he appears to be rushing into two all-out populist projects at the risk of his presidential credibility. First, Moon is rushing into joint economic projects with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un despite Kim’s commitment to denuclearisation remaining uncertain after the collapse […]

Japan, Korea

One hundred years on from the Korean Sam-il Independence Movement

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This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the Sam-il Independence (or March First) Movement that began on 1 March 1919 in Seoul and quickly spread throughout Korea. The movement was comprised of a series of demonstrations constituting some of the earliest displays of Korean resistance to the Japanese annexation and colonisation of Korea (1910–1945). In […]

Korea

Honeymoon over for South Korea’s president

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Public support for South Korean President Moon Jae-in has plummeted. Peaking at 83 per cent following his agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to end the Korean War, his approval rating has crashed to 49 per cent — the lowest since he took office. The biggest reason for this drop is South Korea’s weakest […]

Asian finance, Korea

The Roadblocks to Reform in South Korea

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in is shaking up the country’s Constitution. His recent constitutional amendment bill proposes a presidential system that caps a presidency at two consecutive four-year terms while limiting presidential powers and strengthening the rights of the prime minister and the National Assembly. In contrast to Moon’s proposal, the opposition parties (especially the […]

Korea

North Korea: impulsive and reckless on the outside, rational and strategic within

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North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities will not undermine the current deterrence system and regional balance of power nor lead to a nuclear arms race, writes Stephen Szuster The resumption of a nuclear weapons program in North Korea and its successive missile tests in recent months have stoked great alarm, especially when the regime is routinely […]

Korea

Heir-apparent in gaol: is it the end of the ‘Samsung Republic’?

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Controversy over corruption continues in South Korea months after the impeachment and gaoling of former President, Park Geun-hye, writes Hyung-A Kim The billionaire heir-apparent to South Korea’s largest family-owned conglomerate or chaebŏl, Samsung Electronics, has been gaoled for five years for bribery and embezzlement, among other charges. Lee Jae-yong, aged 49, also known as Jay […]