Saturday, July 12, 2014
Korea will probably conclude free trade agreements with its major trade partners by the end of the year, with President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, having finally agreed to wrap up negotiations on a bilateral trade accord by December.
You'd think tourists would be a timorous crowd, that they'd go only where they think it's safe to go. Not where it's safe, but where they think it is. That should mean a windfall for the Philippines, as Thailand-heading vacationers think twice, for example.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Activists, lawyers, journalists, bloggers, professors — China's new leaders have taken aim at civil society in what analysts call an effort to muffle dissent that is proving powerfully effective.
With elections looming, President Dilma Rousseff now faces Brazilians angry at their World Cup humiliation, but her bigger worry will be convincing voters she can jumpstart the economy.
Occasionally, I pass by the private mansion of President Park Geun-hye in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul, after attending an early morning service at the Hyundai Presbyterian Church about 300 meters away. A police car that was parked there for some time after her inauguration is no longer there and a lone patrolman stands guard to ward off any possible trespassers from entering the house now empty of its master.
Fresh spying accusations are undermining U.S. efforts to mend fences with Germany, only two weeks after both allies launched a diplomatic initiative to overcome the NSA surveillance row.
In a recent article in The Diplomat, Joel Atkinson cautions Taiwan to reevaluate how to maintain its remaining diplomatic allies if the diplomatic truce with China were to collapse.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
As a Ukrainian government offensive sends separatists retreating from their strongholds in the country's restive east, there are signs that Moscow is seeking to distance itself from the pro-Russian rebels.
Recently, South Korea was severely hit by two major disasters. One was the sinking of the Sewol ferry, which cost hundreds of young lives, and the other was the shooting at a frontline barracks in which five soldiers were killed and seven others wounded. Both incidents shook the nation and stirred up the wrath of so many angry mothers, who have to send their children on school excursions and eventually to the military, which is mandatory in Korea.
Afghanistan's capricious politics and fresh claims of poll fraud Tuesday clouded U.S. President Barack Obama's search for a “responsible” exit from Afghanistan by year's end.