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Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power spells trouble for South Korea
Analysis

Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power spells trouble for South Korea

China doubled down on competition with US at party congress, jeopardizing 30 years of fruitful cooperation with Seoul

Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power spells trouble for South Korea
James FretwellJames Fretwell October 27, 2022
Redeploying US tactical nukes may not go far enough for South Koreans
Analysis

Redeploying US tactical nukes may not go far enough for South Koreans

New poll finds public lukewarm on idea, despite long-standing support for an indigenous nuclear program

Redeploying US tactical nukes may not go far enough for South Koreans
Karl FriedhoffKarl Friedhoff October 20, 2022
Rejecting refugees a missed chance for Seoul to stand up to Russian aggression
Analysis

Rejecting refugees a missed chance for Seoul to stand up to Russian aggression

Yoon administration tiptoeing around ties with Moscow despite saying it wants to do more to defend democratic freedoms

Rejecting refugees a missed chance for Seoul to stand up to Russian aggression
John LeeJohn Lee October 18, 2022
How anti-Japanism stunts South Korea’s ambition to enhance US alliance
Opinion

How anti-Japanism stunts South Korea’s ambition to enhance US alliance

Opposition party chief suggests Japan might re-invade Korea, and these views are surprisingly entrenched in the ROK

How anti-Japanism stunts South Korea’s ambition to enhance US alliance
Justin YeoJustin Yeo October 14, 2022
Ukraine war and North Korean threats push forward South Korea’s arms industry
Analysis

Ukraine war and North Korean threats push forward South Korea’s arms industry

Yoon administration has prioritized weapons exports, and experts say Seoul can quickly scale up to meet soaring demand

Ukraine war and North Korean threats push forward South Korea’s arms industry
Sojin JungSojin Jung October 11, 2022
How Russia’s brain drain could be South Korea’s gain
Analysis

How Russia’s brain drain could be South Korea’s gain

Government says it wants to attract highly skilled workers, even if public mostly opposed to long-term immigration

How Russia’s brain drain could be South Korea’s gain
James FretwellJames Fretwell October 6, 2022
Yoon’s talks with Biden fall far short of promised US-ROK summit
Analysis

Yoon’s talks with Biden fall far short of promised US-ROK summit

South Korean president made little progress on thorny bilateral issues, as his foul language stole the show

Yoon’s talks with Biden fall far short of promised US-ROK summit
James FretwellJames Fretwell September 22, 2022
South Korea has to follow US on Russia, but risks economic and security fallout
Analysis

South Korea has to follow US on Russia, but risks economic and security fallout

Seoul faces oil import regulations and closer Russia-North Korea ties, but opportunities to sell arms to a shaken Europe

South Korea has to follow US on Russia, but risks economic and security fallout
James FretwellJames Fretwell September 15, 2022
South Korea set to lose big if US and Iran can’t agree on new nuclear deal
Analysis

South Korea set to lose big if US and Iran can’t agree on new nuclear deal

Seoul agreed to expand economic relations with Tehran but was thwarted by Trump’s withdrawal from previous agreement

South Korea set to lose big if US and Iran can’t agree on new nuclear deal
James FretwellJames Fretwell September 8, 2022
Yoon Suk-yeol rejects three nos deal with China in words, but not actions
Analysis

Yoon Suk-yeol rejects three nos deal with China in words, but not actions

Seoul appears wary of angering Beijing by openly violating Moon-era agreement, but ambiguous approach also carries risks

Yoon Suk-yeol rejects three nos deal with China in words, but not actions
Kina KunzKina Kunz September 5, 2022