South Korea

South Korea and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

On Oct. 5, 12 countries, making up 40 percent of the world economy and including Japan and the United States finally agreed after years of negotiation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the omnibus free trade ...
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Crucial Nuclear Debate in S. Korea Nonexistent

The Fukushima nuclear accident, precipitated by the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, has had a dramatic effect globally, shattering the myth that it is the safest and cheapest source of energy. Germa...
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Oil Prices not Delivering Asia Boom

The best efforts of central bankers in the West and Japan to re-ignite inflation have thus far failed. The rest of Asia, which once seemed partly immune to the problems of aging and indebted societies, is now l...
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South Korea: Headwinds and Crosswinds

South Korea today faces economic and political headwinds as strong as any country in Asia, with faltering domestic consumption and struggling exports in the face of slowing Chinese demand from Korea’s formidabl...
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Is South Korea Really Developed?

In the past, South Korea has been lauded as a successful case of economic growth and wealth distribution. Today, it stands at a crossroad, having to pay for the costs of the compressed development that expanded...
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China and South Korea: ‘Like Mouth and Tongue’

Beijing is losing patience with its troublesome client state North Korea, demonstrated by Xi Jinping’s visit to Seoul at the start of this month before ever stepping on North Korean soil so far in his presidenc...
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Korea’s Battle to Keep the Lights On

Elderly rural residents in South Korea’s southeast – short, grandmotherly figures in the brightly colored clothes and broad visors typical of elderly women –are tussling with police young enough to be their gra...