Konstantin Asmolov

“Sensitive Issues” in PRC-ROK Relations: the Problem of THAAD and the Issue of KADIZ

From the general political aspects of PRC-ROK relations, let us move on to the “sensitive” ones. The main one is…

“Sensitive Issues” in PRC-ROK Relations: Issues of Sinophobia


This topic has been raised many times by this author in his NEO articles, and its manifestations are manifold. People’s dislike On December 28, Yoon Suk-yeol stated that most South Koreans, especially young people, dislike China despite President Moon Jae-in’s administration’s pro-China policies, adding that most young Chinese also dislike…

Yoon Suk-yeol: A U-Turn to Nuclear Power


One area where the difference in strategy between the old and new presidents is particularly evident is the attitude towards the role of nuclear power.

It should be recalled that the Moon administration, under the guise of a green agenda, attempted to destroy the country’s nuclear power industry…

PRC-ROK Relations from the End of 2021; the Economic Aspect


The Chinese market, including Hong Kong, accounts for 33% of Korea’s total trade, but several distinct trends can be identified in the two countries’ economic relations. The first trend is the development of economic cooperation in several areas. For example, on December 22, 2021 South Korea’s SK Hynix received Chinese approval…

PRC-ROK Relations after the Election of Yoon Suk-yeol; the Political Aspect


We begin our digest of “PRC-ROK relations in the Yun Suk-yeol era” with interactions in the political sphere.  On March 10, 2022, the Chinese government congratulated South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol on his election victory and expressed hope for further development of relations between the neighbors…

New Fakes about Russia-DPRK Military Cooperation


More recently, the author analyzed misinformation that North Korean special forces were about to appear in the Donbass, but the global media soon encountered another misinformation launched from the West: it turned out that North Korea was preparing to supply Russia with shells and possibly military equipment on a massive scale. Or it is already supplying…

DPRK’s New Nuclear Doctrine


On September 8, 2022 the DPRK passed a new law on the DPRK’s Policy on Nuclear Forces, which was adopted at the 7th session of the 14th convocation of the country’s Supreme People’s Assembly. Although this news was portrayed in the media, including in Russia, as “the DPRK having declared itself as a responsible nuclear power”, the nuclear status had already been included in the country…

South Korea is Leaving behind the Dark Heritage of its Past


On October 17, 1972 Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea, masterminded a constitutional coup, which he called October Yusin, or the October Restoration. The Fourth Republic (1972-1980) is described in both Korean and Soviet/ Russian sources as a period of extreme totalitarian rule and the most dictatorial government in modern Korean history. The Yusin…

On Completion of the Ulchi Freedom Shield Exercises


On September 1, the ROK-US joint military exercises Ulchi Freedom Shield, about the preparation of which we wrote not long ago, came to an end. The exercises, based on the concept of total war, included three key elements: a computer simulation of the command post, a civil defense exercise and field training. More than a dozen field training activities…

30 Years of Diplomatic Relations between China and South Korea


August 24 marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and China. ROK President Yoon Suk-yeol and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory letters on the occasion. The South Korean leader said in his letter that bilateral ties have developed in various fields over the past…

Lee Jae-myung is On his Way to Success, the Question is its Price


On August 28, 2022, the Democratic Party of Korea will hold a National Assembley to elect a new leader.  A heated debate is expected as key factions within the party seek to set the rules in their favor and intra-party infighting is not out of step with the Conservatives. It should be recalled that the DPK has been operating without a chairperson since March 2022 after the previous …

Victory Over the Coronavirus in the DPRK: Frequently Asked Questions


On August 10, an all-republican summing-up meeting on emergency anti-epidemic work was held in the capital, Pyongyang, convened by the WPK and the DPRK Cabinet, chaired by Kim Jong-un, who announced a complete victory over COVID-19 and an easing of the “maximum stringent emergency quarantine …

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