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Battery dispute may bring SK and LG leaders together
SK Innovation has proposed a meeting between group chairman Chey Tae-won and LG Chairman Koo Kwang-mo to settle the ongoing legal battle over electric vehicle (EV) battery patents. “We are ready to have a meeting of top executives who have decision-making power to settle this issue,” a senior SK official said. “It could be between LG Chem CEO Shin Hak-cheol and SK Innovation ...
Korea's open rebellion against US
Although few have said it out loud, Korea's decision to pull out of its three-year-old military intelligence sharing pact with Japan despite strong U.S. objections is nothing less than open rebellion. It marks a major departure from the role of junior partner that Korea plays in its alliance with the U.S., coming as U.S. regional stewardship is being challenged by the growing...
US Embassy twitter account turns into battlefield for Koreans
The U.S. Embassy in Seoul retweeted the U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus' “deeply disappointed and concerned” comments on Aug. 26 over Korea's decision to terminate its three-year-old military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan. It has a Korean translation that was tweeted as well. Other postings have Korean translations but some may raise questions about it...
GSOMIA decision may mark start of ROK-US alliance unraveling: expert
Korea's decision to quit a three-year-old intelligence-sharing pact with Japan could be looked back on as the start of the unraveling of the U.S.-led defense and security structure in Northeast Asia, a Korea expert in the United States warns. "Years from now, when historians look back on this day, they will probably conclude that the unraveling of the U.S.-centric defense and...
GSOMIA decision: Moon Jae-in's nuclear option
Not long after President Roh Moo-hyun took office in 2003, he gathered presidential aides and discussed how to lead and govern the nation. There was near-consensus against Roh's visit to the United States, espoused by former activists among the Roh aides who saw the U.S. as a supporter of the previous dictatorships they fought against.
Trump turns USFK into 'transactional' army
U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) is under attack not by enemy but by its own commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump. Trump is prioritizing the size of the bill host Korea pays toward upkeep and is indulging himself in an unwarranted bromance with the head of the enemy. The risk is bringing confusion to the mission and raison d'etre of the peacekeepers and freedom fighters who hav...
3 Koreans killed; 3 injured in apartment construction elevator fall
Three people were killed and three injured as an elevator fell at an apartment construction site in Sokcho, Gangwon Province, Wednesday morning, rescue workers and reports said. The three were riding in the elevator when it dropped 15 floors to the ground at 8:28 a.m. The fourth also in the elevator survived the fall and was transported to hospital. The remaining two - foreig...
We Koreans are emotional and rational
Amid heightened tension after Japan's retaliatory trade sanctions against Korea, I met some foreigners who observed that Koreans are “emotional” compared with Japan's reputed exterior calmness and purposefulness. Even some domestic media outlets editorialized a cautionary tale against an “emotional” approach to Japan. The foreigners' definition of emotional likely indicates t...
Duel with Japan: Korea's inevitable coming of age ritual
Korea cannot take a step back from its duel with Japan because too much is at stake. On the surface it is a matter of trade but, more broadly and importantly, Korea's past, present and future are on the line. The issue of getting Japanese companies belatedly to pay compensation for Korean forced laborers during World War II - the starting point of the Korea-Japan standoff - o...
Moon Jae-in the fundamentalist
During the Roh Moo-hyun administration, there was the “Taliban incident” that eventually showed then Foreign Minister Yoon Young-kwan the door, with his rival Lee Jong-seok rising to dominate policies over North Korea and foreign affairs. The incident was triggered by a whistleblower who disclosed that a group of foreign ministry officials had dubbed inner-circle members of t...
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