December 08, 2023


John Lee

John Lee

John Lee is the editor of KOREA PRO, based in Seoul. Prior to that, he was a contributor for NK News and KOREA PRO. His focus is on South Korean foreign policy and ROK-U.S. relations.


Why South Korean lawmakers are renouncing their right to immunity from arrest

Critics have condemned use of privilege as ‘bulletproof vest,’ but others see safeguard against executive overreach

John LeeJohn LeeJuly 6, 2023

How a payment dispute with Indonesia puts Seoul’s defense export goals at risk

Unpaid dues and new defense purchases have cast shadow on Jakarta’s commitment to joint KF-21 program with South Korea

John LeeJohn LeeJuly 4, 2023

An eye on China, South Korea charts a course for closer ties with Vietnam

Yoon Suk-yeol sought to diversify supply chains and boost defense cooperation during state visit, but pitfalls remain

John LeeJohn LeeJune 26, 2023

How US investors’ court victory over South Korea could spur financial reform

Loss will bleaken ROK’s reputation but may incentivize Seoul to work to boost credibility as foreign investment hub

John LeeJohn LeeJune 21, 2023

The ‘pathless path’: Cho Kuk hints at independent run in South Korean election

Cho Kuk’s potential candidacy may split DP’s base, presenting a key test for the party’s unity and leadership

John LeeJohn LeeJune 13, 2023

A Chinese diplomat’s controversial remarks stoke tensions with South Korea

Ambassador Xing Haiming said Seoul would regret siding with US over China, which some have interpreted as veiled threat

John LeeJohn LeeJune 9, 2023

With new strategy, Yoon Suk-yeol reimagines South Korea’s role on global stage

National Security Strategy departs from previous approach, pivoting to Japan and taking harder line on North Korea

John LeeJohn LeeJune 8, 2023

High steaks: The complicated politics of beef and food imports in South Korea

Consumers hit by high prices may benefit from freer markets, but Seoul will need to manage impact on domestic producers

John LeeJohn LeeMay 25, 2023

After US and Japan summits, Seoul looks farther afield for economic cooperation

South Korea seeks to intensify trade relations with regional democracies, but legal and political challenges abound

John LeeJohn LeeMay 22, 2023

Troubled waters: How Fukushima inspection plan could backfire for Yoon

South Korean delegation may be unable to rescue Yoon Suk-yeol from allegations he’s giving Japan a free pass

John LeeJohn LeeMay 18, 2023
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