Jul 18, 2014

High cost to new neutrality

by Yuriko Koike

South Korea's elite appears to be splitting into pro-Chinese and pro-American factions that transcend party lines, while German leaders' obsession with growing exports appears to have gagged them on China's human rights abuses and its aggressive behavior toward Asian neighbors.

Jul 17, 2014

Japan eyes foreign minister meeting with S. Korea in August

A meeting is being considered between Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Myanmar in August, according to Japanese sources. If it happens, attention is expected to focus on whether the ...

Jul 15, 2014

South Korea to fund humanitarian projects in North

South Korea has announced state funding for humanitarian projects in North Korea for the first time since Seoul imposed tough economic sanctions on Pyongyang four years ago. The South’s Unification Ministry stressed the move did not impact the ban on direct state aid to ...

Jul 14, 2014

Samsung suspends China supplier following child labor allegations

Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest smartphone maker, said it suspended a supplier in China after finding evidence of illegal hiring. The supplier will be permanently cut from Samsung’s business if it’s found to have hired underage workers, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said ...

China friendless in anti-U.S. drive

| Jul 12, 2014

China friendless in anti-U.S. drive

Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to “be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership,” a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they are ready to shed humility and show off their ...

N. Korean ex-spy shunned stuck in the cold

| Jul 12, 2014

N. Korean ex-spy shunned stuck in the cold

Once their espionage cases are resolved, some former North Korean spies find that life in the South can be pretty good. They write books, land TV gigs, work for think tanks and in general benefit from their new home’s fascination with their old homeland. ...

Jul 9, 2014

Abe pushing Beijing, Seoul together

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should realize that his historical revisionism and his new initiative in defense policy are further straining Japan's ties with its two closest neighbors.