South Korea

“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…

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 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…

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 …

On the Latest inter-Korean Escalation amid New Joint Military Exercises


Before the end of 2022 and especially before the beginning of autumn, the author expects a seasonal rise in tension on the Korean peninsula due to large-scale US and South Korean military exercises. From August 22 to 25, 2022, the 54th nation-wide Ulchi exercise will be held in the ROK. The Ministry of Security…

Lee Myung-bak’s Ordeals


On August 12, 2022, President Yoon Suk-yeol approved a list of those subject to a special amnesty on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. It comprises 1,693 people, including major businessmen. They include Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Jae-yong, who was previously released from prison on parole, Lotte Group…

ROK Police against Yoon Suk-yeol


The last years of Moon Jae-in’s reign were remembered for the war of the prosecutor’s office and the Ministry of Justice, which resulted in the election of the former Prosecutor General by the president. But it seems that during the reign of Yoon Suk-yeol, we can observe a confrontation between the presidential administration, the Ministry of Security…

On Nancy Pelosi’s Visit to South Korea


The New Eastern Outlook has already written about the Taiwan leg of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s tour, but we will talk about Pelosi’s reception in the Republic of Korea, where she headed straight afterwards. Coverage of the Taiwanese part of Pelosi’s visit in the North and South of the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang immediately backed Beijing…

Sex and Violence in the South Korean Army – Investigations are Ongoing


It often happens that, after describing a loud scandal when it only flares up, the author abandons the topic, and the audience never finds out how it ended. Avoiding this, the author tries from time to time to look at the development of the sad stories he wrote about earlier – for example, about the problem of sexual violence in the Army…

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