South Korea

A Chronicle of the Pre-election Race in ROK: Democrats Made Up their Mind, But…

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The author continues his series of articles on the presidential race in South Korea, as both camps have made up their minds as to the leading candidates. On 31 August 2021, the ruling Toburo Democratic Party launched a campaign to elect its candidate for the 2022 presidential election. 11 rounds of preliminary regional…

Details of the Economic Relations Between PRC and South Korea in 2021

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The economic interaction between the ROK and the PRC during the reviewed period represented several overlapping trends. On the one hand, Beijing continues to act against companies involved in deploying US missile defense in South Korea. It restrains the penetration of South Korean cultural content into the country (mainly as part…

South Korean Seongnamgate: Will There Be a Sequel?

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The author continues to follow a serious scandal in South Korea that could affect the outcome of the March 2022 presidential election, as one of the potential figures in the case is Lee Jae-myung, the ruling Democratic presidential candidate. The fact is that a previously unknown firm, Hwacheon Daeyu, and its seven affiliates made more than 1,000 times their investment…

Wang Yi’s visit to Seoul and Other Aspects of Relations between China and South Korea

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Unlike the relationship between China and North Korea, which demonstrates a long-standing traditional friendship, the situation with South Korea is more complicated. On the one hand, high-ranking officials of China openly criticize the policy of the ROK, thereby Seoul periodically starts to claim Beijing…

Roh Tae-woo’s Death and the Public Reaction

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On October 26, in the 89th year of his life, the former President of South Korea Roh Tae-woo passed away, leaving an ambivalent mark in the history of South Korea.  He was, on the one hand, Chun Doo-hwan’s first associate in the 1979 military coup, later convicted of corruption and other crimes; on the other, the first president who was elected through democratic elections…

Women’s Conscription in the South Korean Army

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Not too long ago, there was an interesting review on the NEO website about women in the armies of the Middle East.  Continuing with this theme, the author will talk about women in the military in South Korea outside the Sex and Violence theme. It’s about two pieces of information. First, in 2021 the idea of women’s conscription in the context of a chronically low birth rate…

ADEX, Nuri and Other Missile News from the South of the Korean Peninsula

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While the world was discussing the DPRK’s SLBM, a lot was going on south of the 38th parallel. On September 15, South Korea successfully launched a locally produced ballistic missile (SLBM) from a submarine, becoming the seventh country in the world to do so. On September 28, Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Ulsan…

South Korea’s Seongnamgate

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The scandal over alleged corruption related to land development in the satellite city of Seoul, Seongnam, is gaining momentum: its main protagonist is Lee Jae-myung, now the leading presidential candidate of the ruling Democratic Party, who initiated the project when he was mayor of Seongnam. Hwacheon Daeyu, a small company with a combined capital of 350 million won, was…

 

Ukrainian Hackers Instead of North Korean Hackers

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On October 15, 2021, the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) reported that four members of an unnamed money laundering organization, including its leader, were detained in a joint investigation that involved Ukrainian police, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Interpol. Three Ukrainians and another foreigner are accused…

More on the Restoration of Inter-Korean Lines of Communication

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In our previous piece on inter-Korean relations, we touched on Kim Yoo-jung’s remark that in case of “maintaining impartiality and respect for each other”, both the restoration of the North-South bureau and the inter-Korean summit could be discussed constructively. “The end of the war will also be proclaimed in due course.” During this time…

Moon Jae-in Suggests Ending the Korean War; Pyongyang Agrees, but Says it’s an Unfavourable Time

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In September 2021, the President of the ROK visited the USA once again to participate in the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, where he made a speech separately addressing the issue of peace on the Korean Peninsula. The South Korean President speaking at the UN had previously proposed…

Korean Peninsula’s Missile Race Continues in Earnest

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On September 1, 2021, the ROK tested (incidentally, earlier than North KoreaDahJTkfw a ballistic missile from a submarine, and on September 12, North Korea launched a new cruise missile with a range of 1500 km, which has already stirred up the region. Since South Korean missile news doesn’t usually make the front pages, everyone stigmatized North Korea first. However…


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