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Reporter : Oh Young-jin
Sat, December 3, 2022 | 15:00
Chinese emperor's arrogant messenger?
In all fairness, one may wonder why the “new” Chinese ambassador to Seoul was given a free pass on his diplomatic gaffe, while the U.S. ambassador - who was born to a Japanese mother - was pilloried over his mustache that critics compared to the facial hair of Japanese colonial-period leaders preying on Koreans.
Give it a shave, Mr. Ambassador
It was only two weeks ago but by the standard of today's news cycle that moves at the speed of light, it feels as good as ancient. But being ancient in the news does not mean it is irrelevant because often we find ourselves in an uncanny case of deja vu where we have to pick up from where the issue was left off. If you feel clueless about what I am talking about, it is not yo...
Is Trump more presidential after Iran attack?
Has the United States been made to look mightier and Donald Trump more presidential after a U.S. military drone strike that assassinated an important Iranian general? The answers are yes, in a way that for Trump, the U.S. and the world, it has served a purpose for different reasons. Whether the killing and its purpose are justifiable is a different matter. After all, global p...
Harris: 'I am not Japanese US ambassador'
U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris made some memorable and quotable remarks during his 45-minute interview with The Korea Times last week. Here are some.“I am American ambassador to Korea, not the Japanese American ambassador.” The former U.S. Pacific commander and admiral spoke not out of frustration but as a matter of fact, responding to suspicions of some Koreans that his Japane...
North Korea's undelivered Christmas gift
North Korea has proved to be a very good mind-game player. Its latest is about a Christmas gift, but more exactly its failure to deliver one as “threatened.” The North has drawn attention with its Christmas threat. Every move it made was under scrutiny in an effort to know whether it might hurl a long-range missile or conduct a nuclear test. It is obvious that the North is tr...
North Korea's Kim Jong-un: Unlikely Santa Claus
I was looking for a topic that could fit the Christmas holiday season. As I was working Christmas Eve I may have felt cranky because I ended up with an anti-Christmas subject of a sort - North Korea. Writing about the subject carried some risks. What risk popped up in my mind first was a need to update this column considering the precarious state of situation, but then I thou...
Macron option for Korea
Korea may need a touch of Emmanuel Macron in reshaping its most important alliance with the United States. The French president is calling for a change to the Europe-U.S. alliance to meet changing conditions, best epitomized by what he calls Europe's reclamation of security sovereignty. The Macron call comes as U.S. President Donald Trump presses NATO countries to meet the pl...
Should China replace US as S. Korea's key ally?
Many Koreans would still find it unthinkable for China to replace the United States as their country's most important ally. After all, the U.S. helped defend Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War. In one of the first key clashes of the Cold War era, it was the communist Chinese, the ancestors of China's paramount leader Xi Jinping, who aided and abetted North Koreans. The resul...
Did Korea succumb to US pressure?
What has taken place in the lead-up to Korea's last-minute decision to extend “conditionally” its general security of military information agreement (GSOMIA) or military intelligence sharing pact with Japan? An equally important question is how this decision will affect the ROK-U.S. alliance. First of all, speculation is that Washington pushed a vulnerable pressure point for ...
'US doubts Korea's reliability as ally': Revere
Seoul's reversal on GSOMIA was an important and necessary step that should limit further damage to the U.S.-ROK alliance. However, considerable damage has already been done because the Blue House had previously flatly rejected the advice and urgent appeals of so many senior U.S. officials, and because Seoul's threat to withdraw from GSOMIA was seen by many in the United State...
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