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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. September 16, 2012

    Moon to challenge for S Korean presidency

    The race for South Korea’s presidency gathered momentum on Sunday as the country’s liberal opposition party nominated a...

  4. April 2, 2012

    S Korean ‘Watergate’ rocks election campaign

    A snowballing scandal over government surveillance of civilians is dominating the build-up to South Korea’s parliamentary...

  5. October 12, 2011

    Korean leader in US to celebrate trade pact

    Washington DC was aflutter with South Korean flags on Wednesday as President Lee Myung-bak began a state visit to the US,...

  6. FT Alphaville

    March 16, 2010

    South Korea appoints central bank chief

    South Korea appointed a central bank chief on Tuesday who is expected to maintain a dovish stance on monetary policy in line...

  7. March 16, 2010

    South Korea appoints central bank chief

    South Korea appointed a central bank chief on Tuesday who is expected to maintain a dovish stance on monetary policy in line...

  8. March 11, 2010

    Bank of Korea

    Lee Seong-tae was damned if he did, and damned if he didn’t. On Thursday the outgoing governor of the Bank of Korea...

  9. February 18, 2010

    South Korea edges towards exit strategy

    South Korea is roaring out of the financial crisis so fast that economists at foreign banks see prompt interest rate rises...

  10. February 17, 2010

    South Korea edges closer to rate increase

    South Korea is roaring out of the financial crisis so fast that economists at foreign banks see prompt interest rate hikes...

  11. January 12, 2010

    Lee accused of betrayal over city plans

    Lee Myung-bak, South Korea's president, yesterday increased political tension within his own government and opposition...

  12. January 11, 2010

    S Korea’s Lee revises plans for new city

    Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s president, on Monday increased political tension within his government and opposition parties...

  13. August 20, 2009

    Pyongyang to send officials to Kim funeral in Seoul

    North Korea yesterday said it would send a delegation to the funeral of former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung in...

  14. August 19, 2009

    Pyongyang to send delegation to Kim funeral

    North Korea said on Wednesday that it would send a delegation to the funeral of former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung...

  15. August 19, 2009

    Korea's political brawler who tried to thaw ties with North

    Kim Dae-jung, South Korea's former leftist president who died yesterday at the age of 85, was a political brawler right to...

  16. May 30, 2009

    Emotions run high as S Koreans rally at former president's funeral

    Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans packed central Seoul yesterday to watch the funerary cortege of Roh Moo-hyun, a...

  17. May 28, 2009

    Fear and self-loathing in South Korea

    Just after dawn on Saturday, the son of a South Korean farmer took a stroll around the hills overlooking his native...

  18. May 27, 2009

    Fear and self-loathing in South Korea

    Just after dawn on Saturday, the son of a South Korean farmer took a stroll around the hills overlooking his native village....

  19. May 27, 2009

    Correction: Roh Moo-hyun

    * A picture caption in some editions on May 25 suggested that Roh Moo-hyun, the former South Korean president, had been...

  20. May 26, 2009

    Radioactive rattle thrown out of pram to grab attention

    Whatever else you may say about Kim Jong-il, his sense of timing is exquisite. The first time his regime tested a nuclear...

  21. May 25, 2009

    Comment: N Korea throws nuclear rattle out of pram

    Whatever else you may say about Kim Jong-il, his sense of timing is exquisite. The first time his regime tested a nuclear...

  22. May 25, 2009

    Ex-president's death sparks revenge theory

    Tens of thousands of mourners gathered across South Korea over the weekend to pay their final respects to Roh Moo-hyun, a...

  23. May 24, 2009

    The grim tragedy of Roh Moo-hyun

    The apparent suicide of Roh Moo-hyun, South Korea’s president until last year, is a tragedy not only for his own country but...

  24. May 24, 2009

    Obituary: Roh Moo-hyun

    Roh Moo-hyun, who committed suicide on Saturday, was devastated by an enquiry into his probity and had written on his blog...

  25. May 24, 2009

    Thousands in Korea mourn Roh’s death

    Tens of thousands of mourners gathered across South Korea to pay their final respects to Roh Moo-hyun, a former president...

  26. May 24, 2009

    Suicide may deepen Korea’s political rifts

    Last week, Owl Rock was known only to keen hikers. By Saturday morning, every South Korean had heard of it. On an early...

  27. May 23, 2009

    Former S Korean leader Roh dies in fall

    Roh Moo-hyun, former South Korean president, committed suicide on Saturday by jumping off a mountain top, police said. Mr...

  28. May 2, 2009

    S Korea's ex-leader loses his image as Mr Clean

    South Koreans are venting their disappointment with Roh Moo-hyun, the country's last president, in coffee shops and...

  29. May 1, 2009

    S Korea’s ex-leader loses Mr Clean image

    South Koreans are venting their disappointment with Roh Moo-hyun, the country’s last president, in coffee shops and internet...

  30. January 6, 2009

    Seoul seeks to allay US fears over trade deal

    South Korea's trade minister has urged the incoming US administration not to ditch a controversial trade agreement...

  31. January 6, 2009

    Seoul seeks to allay US fears over trade deal

    South Korea’s trade minister has urged the incoming US administration not to ditch a controversial trade agreement described...

  32. November 25, 2008

    N Korea severs ties with south

    Communist North Korea is to cut its remaining commercial ties with South Korea, striking a defiant posture before the...

  33. November 24, 2008

    N Korea severs trade with south

    Communist North Korea is to cut its remaining commercial ties with South Korea, striking a defiant posture ahead of the...

  34. September 13, 2008

    Seoul dreads prospect of North's implosion

    Rumours have spread this week about the health of Kim Jong-il, the reclusive ruler of communist North Korea, who is...

  35. September 13, 2008

    Seoul baulks at prospect of North Korea's abrupt collapse

    Rumours have spread this week about the health of Kim Jong-il, the reclusive ruler of communist North Korea, who is...

  36. June 12, 2008

    The bulldozer boss and the beef crisis

    South Korean politics is nothing if not volatile. Within months of taking power after a convincing election victory,...

  37. April 22, 2008

    S Korea seeks to rekindle Tokyo ties

    Lee Myung-bak, South Korea's new president, yesterday restarted "shuttle diplomacy" with Japan, telling his Japanese...

  38. April 21, 2008

    S Korea seeks to restore ties with Japan

    Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s new president, on Monday restarted “shuttle diplomacy” with Japan, telling his Japanese...

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