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    1. November 19, 2014

      S Korea’s Park faces climate change test

      “Climate change is the greatest challenge of the 21st century,” South Korean President Park Geun-hye told a UN climate...

    2. April 27, 2014

      Strength of South Korea’s democracy faces stern test

      As the appalling scale of South Korea’s Sewol ferry tragedy became clear, bereaved relatives chartered a bus to Seoul, where...

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    1. South Korea

      Although President Park remains relatively popular, South Korea and its squabbling pol...
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    1. November 19, 2013

      South Korea’s $21bn alternative to Seoul lacks transport and soul

      Stretching from the top of the transport ministry to that of the prime minister’s office, the undulating rooftop garden...

    2. October 28, 2013

      Tokyo-Seoul tensions a blow for Washington

      When US defence secretary Chuck Hagel visited Seoul last month, he gently reminded President Park Geun-hye of Washington’s...

    3. beyondbrics

      June 24, 2013

      Park's China visit shows Korea keen to do business

      South Korea’s new President Park Geun-hye’s visit to China is a big deal – not just for her but also for the country’s...

    4. May 29, 2013

      Prosecutors begin raids as South Korea launches tax probe

      Prosecutors raided the home of one of South Korea’s most prominent businessmen on Wednesday, amid growing scrutiny of...

    5. April 21, 2013

      Global Insight: Resentment at North Korea turns to alarm

      It is quite a feat to make South Koreans feel nostalgic about Kim Jong-il, but his son appears to have managed it. A common...

    6. March 25, 2013

      S Korea’s Park hit by sixth resignation

      South Korea’s new president is fighting a growing wave of criticism from the media and her own party ranks after a string of...

    7. March 22, 2013

      South Korea defence nominee withdraws

      South Korean President Park Geun-hye has decided to retain the incumbent defence minister after her preferred nominee for...

    8. March 4, 2013

      S Korea’s Park apologises for deadlock

      South Korea’s new president has apologised after a troubled first week in office, in which delays in passing a vital bill...

    9. February 19, 2013

      North Korea is testing China’s patience

      North Korea’s third nuclear test represents a challenge to all countries interested in the future of the pariah state. For...

    10. February 17, 2013

      View from N Korea is of a nuclear world

      Even as the world rightly condemns North Korea for its latest nuclear test, it behoves us to consider the view from the...

    11. February 7, 2013

      Japan protests over Russian jet incursion

      Japan on Thursday protested against what it said was a violation of its northern airspace by two Russian fighter jets...

    12. January 31, 2013

      S Korea court jails prominent tycoon

      The chairman of SK Group, South Korea's third-largest conglomerate, has been sentenced to four years in prison for...

    13. January 30, 2013

      South Korea successfully launches satellite

      South Korea has successfully launched a satellite from its soil for the first time, one month after North Korea won a...

    14. January 30, 2013

      Park’s promised fresh start for Korea falters

      During her victorious run for the South Korean presidency late last year, Park Geun-hye promised to clean up politics, a...

    15. beyondbrics

      January 29, 2013

      London headlines

      * Brazil opens prison doors to investors * Lee criticised over S Korean pardons * Egypt clashes continue as curfew defied *...

    16. January 29, 2013

      Lee criticised over S Korean pardons

      South Korean president Lee Myung-bak has pardoned 55 convicted criminals including friends and former colleagues amid...

    17. January 23, 2013

      N Korea defiant in face of new sanctions

      North Korea reacted quickly and defiantly on Wednesday to new sanctions against it by the UN Security Council, condemning...

    18. January 23, 2013

      UN expands sanctions on North Korea

      The UN Security Council tightened sanctions on North Korea on Tuesday in response to its satellite launch last December,...

    19. beyondbrics

      January 9, 2013

      Pardon me? Leniency for S Korean executives back in the spotlight

      South Koreans have grown familiar with the sight of prominent businessmen being convicted of fraud, only to steer clear of...

    20. January 4, 2013

      Abe moves to ease South Korea tensions

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, has sent a special envoy to South Korea in an effort to improve bilateral ties that had...

    21. January 2, 2013

      Low South Korean birth rate raises fears

      Forced to decide between giving her daughter siblings or an expensive education, Hong Sung-ok saw little choice. “I can’t...

    22. January 1, 2013

      N Korea calls for end to Seoul tensions

      Kim Jong-eun has called for an end to confrontation with South Korea and stressed the importance of economic development in...

    23. December 19, 2012

      Asia’s new leaders stir ancestral animosity

      Within quick succession, the three giants of northeast Asia have chosen new leaders. Xi Jinping was anointed as China’s heir...

    24. December 17, 2012

      South Korea: In search of a new model

      By a plot of vacant land in Seoul’s glamorous district of Gangnam, made famous this year by a global pop hit, a cluster of...

    25. December 17, 2012

      The rivals for South Korea’s Blue House

      Park Geun-hye A veteran lawmaker, 60-year-old Ms Park is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, a military dictator whose rule is...

    26. beyondbrics

      December 17, 2012

      S Korea: KAI sale scuppered

      No buyers? Politics matter for Korean deals. The sale of a stake in Korea Aerospace Industries, the country’s sole aircraft...

    27. December 12, 2012

      Impact on S Korean election unclear

      When North Korea revealed its plans to launch a rocket this month, South Korean president Lee Myung-bak accused Pyongyang of...

    28. December 2, 2012

      China concern over Pyongyang missile

      China has expressed “deep concern” at North Korea’s plan to launch a ballistic missile in December, but called on all sides...

    29. November 27, 2012

      Seoul warns of N Korean rocket launch plan

      Seoul believes North Korea is preparing to launch a ballistic missile, posing a possible new threat to stability on the...

    30. beyondbrics

      November 19, 2012

      China-Japan-S Korea: trade triangulation

      Can it really happen? Investors are wondering whether South Korea, Japan and China are serious about a proposed trilateral...

    31. November 14, 2012

      S Korean president’s son faces tax probe

      The only son of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is to be investigated over suspicions that he evaded tax through a...

    32. November 12, 2012

      S Korean prosecutors thwarted in Lee probe

      South Korean president Lee Myung-bak’s administration has rejected a prosecutors’ request to extend a probe into corruption...

    33. November 8, 2012

      S Korean candidates offer Pyongyang talks

      Two of South Korea’s leading presidential candidates on Thursday promised to overhaul relations with North Korea if elected...

    34. beyondbrics

      November 8, 2012

      Korea's obsession with education

      By Simon Mundy and Laeticia Ock At no time this year was South Korea’s national obsession with education more starkly on...

    35. October 30, 2012

      S Korea hopeful urges ‘united candidacy’

      The presidential candidate of South Korea’s main opposition party has called on his independent rival to enter talks on a...

    36. The World

      October 11, 2012

      Are Japan's neighbours trying to push it around?

      Protesters in Shenzhen burn a Japanese flag during a demonstration over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands (Peter...

    37. beyondbrics

      October 11, 2012

      S Korea: fuzzy forecasts

      It’s a daunting job to forecast economic growth at time of huge uncertainty over the global outlook and volatility in...

    38. October 9, 2012

      Japan and S Korea cut currency swap

      Japan and South Korea will cut the size of their currency-swap agreement, amid enduring tensions between the two countries...

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