Konstantin Asmolov

The Chinese Foreign Minister’s Visit to South Korea: All Talk and No Substance?

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi paid a visit to Seoul from November 25 to November 27, 2020. The previous visit…

South Korea’s Financial Pyramid Schemes: Is its Leadership Complicit?

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Only just recently, this author wrote about a high-profile scandal that involved the South Korean Minister of Justice. Up until now, they have generally managed to be “sweep it under the rug”, since it did not entail direct lobbying, but rather a situation that could have been interpreted as a bureaucratic error: due to some delays in processing…

A Reminder of the Events that Occurred on Yeonpyeong

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On November 23rd, 2020, South Korea pointed out the “10th anniversary of North Korea’s deadly artillery strike on the South Korean island on the border”, which killed two marines and two civilians, with more than a dozen injured. During a memorial ceremony at the Seoul National Cemetery, Defense Minister Suh Wook vowed to protect peace and prosperity…

Relations Between China and South Korea: The Economic Aspects

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Having scrutinized the political aspect of relations between the PRC and the ROK, let us briefly examine the economy’s state of affairs. First, a few general numbers. Over 28 years of diplomatic relations, trade between the two countries has grown 40 times, and in 2019 amounted to $ 243 billion 400 million. In the first seven months of 2020…

They are Cutting the Legs out from Under the South Korean President

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On November 6, 2020 a court of appeals in South Korea delivered a verdict against Kim Kyung-soo, the governor of South Gyeongsang Province who is one of President Moon Jae-in’s confidants and closest associates; he was sentenced to two years in jail for conspiring to manipulate public opinion online in favor of Moon in the run-up…

On “China’s Interference in Korean Affairs”

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NEO has previously already raised the issue of whether South Korean President Moon Jae-in is a stooge of Beijing. However, the reasoning for such a plan is constantly disclosed by conservatives, and, in the author’s opinion, propaganda stories on “Chinese dominance”, “Beijing Internet trolls” working for Moon, or absolute connivance of the authorities to the actions…

Political Dimension to Relations between China and South Korea in Spring-Autumn 2020

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August 24, 2020 marked the 28th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and China. The first signs of improving relations were outlined back in the 1970s, when bilateral trade started through third countries. In 1983, a meeting of representatives of two countries was held at the government level…

How Truthful is China’s Stance on the Korean War?

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October 2020 was marked by yet another flare-up of trouble in Sino-South Korean relations over how different countries react to the memory of the 1950-53 Korean War. First, on October 7, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, the much-hyped K-pop boyband BTS received an award from the non-profit association Korea Society for Promoting…

On the Development of DPRK’s Nuclear Capabilities

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Having recently reported on the development of the nuclear missile arsenal possessed by DPRK the author would like to touch upon the capabilities that North Korea has regarding weapons of mass destruction. Number of nuclear warheads According to a report from the US Army Training and Doctrine Command, North Korea has from 20 to 60…

Lee Myung-bak is Heading to Prison

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On October 29, 2020 the Supreme Court of South Korea upheld the ruling delivered by a lower court against the country’s former president, Lee Myung-bak. It is worth noting the timeline of events. In April 2018, the 78-year-old Lee Myung-bak, who served as president of South Korea from 2008 to 2013, was charged on 16 counts, including corporate…

Fighting Against Privilege: the Version Given by Moon Jae-in

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One of the trends in South Korean ideology since Moon Jae-in arrived is the affirmation that Korean history is not the history of the movement for democratization, but also the continuation of the history of the struggle for independence, in the context of which the noble descendants and followers of Korean patriots who battled for independence against…

What is Wrong with the Wolseong-1 Reactor?

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This author has written more than once about how South Korean President Moon Jae-in struggles with his nuclear power industry and its consequences. Today’s article will tackle how this is done, and in this regard, another political scandal that has occurred in South Korea? It concerns the Wolseong-1 nuclear reactor with a capacity of 679 megawatts (which is about…


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