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Reporter : Shim Jae-yun
Thu, February 2, 2023 | 08:09
Foreign policy recommendations for Yoon
In my column titled, “Can Yoon become Korea's Macron?” for May 27 of last year, I pointed out some similarities between the two leaders, such as their political inexperience and maverick characters in defiance of the political establishment. As Yoon has become the head of state against all odds, expectations are growing for him to inject fresh air into leading Korea in the ri...
From antipathy toward hope
The presidential election is supposed to be full of hope as it is a “sacred” process of inaugurating a new head of state who will lead the nation for the next five years. Contrary to the expectation, however, the ongoing race is disappointing at large, having become a battleground among candidates with record displays of antipathy rather than empathy. Another disappointment i...
Candidates' foreign policy dilemma
The importance of an appropriate foreign policy cannot be overemphasized, especially for mid-sized countries such as Korea. History shows that such a policy is occasionally so significant as to determine the country's sustainability, and this is so for Korea due to geopolitical sensitivity, as it is surrounded by much larger, powerful nations. For leaders, a balancing act com...
Inter-Korean summit and US role
Various indicators are appearing pointing to a possible inter-Korean summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. For starters, both Koreas have expressed a positive attitude about such a meeting, and China appears to expect a “peace mood” to prevail ahead of its hosting of the Beijing Winter Olympics next February. In addition, U.S. President Joe...
Why not invite pope?
Unification Minister Lee In-young has expressed hope that Pope Francis' much-envisaged visit to North Korea will happen soon. “We know the pope has been showing consistent interest and affection toward the reconciliation of the South and North. The pope's visit, if realized, will sow seeds of blessing and peace in the North while conveying messages of reconciliation in global...
Who is bullying whom?
Chinese President Xi Jinping said foreign forces would “be crushed to death before the Great Wall” should they attempt to bully or influence the country. Xi also clarified that China would not tolerate “sanctimonious preaching,” apparently targeting the United States, during a speech at Tiananmen Square on July 1, marking the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Can Yoon become Korea's Macron?
Former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl has continued to steal the limelight with various opinion polls showing he leads prospective presidential aspirants along with Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung. A survey conducted by the Korea Society Opinion Institute on May 21 and 22 showed Yoon was the most-favored presidential candidate with support of 32.4 percent, ahead o...
Controversial resignation
Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl resigned Thursday to protest the ruling bloc's campaign to weaken the state prosecution service. In a brief press conference in front of the Supreme Prosecutors' Office he said, “I can no longer see the collapse of justice and common sense which our society has built up for a long time.” He said he would make maximum efforts to safeguard the country's liberal democracy and protect the people whatever he now does.
Kindness gap: Prude's death should spur wholesale change in mental health care and policing
Read all of New York Attorney General Tish James' report on Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man who died last March in Rochester police custody.
Looming shortage of auto chips
Carmakers here are struggling with the global shortage of automotive semiconductors. Production disruptions are partly due to the pandemic, but it's just a matter of time before a full-blown crisis hit them.
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