South Korea relations

Word of the Week: “U-lock” (U型锁, U-xíngsuǒ)

This month, there have been a number of incidents—some major and some minor—that illustrate the “U-lock” mentality, a phrase that is sometimes used as shorthand to describe vitriolic xenophobic (particularly anti-Japanese)...

15 Countries Sign China-led Regional Trade Deal

Fifteen countries in the Asia-Pacific region on Monday signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), one of the largest free trade agreements in history. Inspired by the 10 member states of the Association of...

Korea in Chinese History: Stuck in the Middle

While China’s role in the stand-off on the Korean peninsula is generally viewed in terms of recent Cold War history, Jeremiah Jenne explains at The Economist’s Banyan blog that it also has much older and deeper...

Tripping Over a Me-First Foreign Policy

Odd Arne Westad argues that China’s foreign policy has become counterproductively aggressive in its narrow pursuit of immediate national interests, and that a more persuasive approach would serve the country and region...

Exchanging Culture, Bettering Relations

Asia Society and the Aspen Institute have teamed up to launch the US-China Forum on Arts and Culture. The forum, beginning next month, will be sending notable American cultural figures to Beijing to collaborate with their...

China's Vice Premier to Visit North, South Korea

China’s Foreign Ministry has announced that vice premier Li Keqiang will be visiting North and South Korea next week. This comes after North Korea’s announcement that it is ready to resume the six-party talks that it...

South Korea ‘Sex for Secrets’ Scandal in Shanghai

The South Korean government is investigating allegations that South Korean diplomats at its Shanghai consulate were passing along favors and secrets to a Chinese woman, who was their mistress. From BBC: Media reports said...

China Helps Defuse Korean Crisis

Seoul recently made a reversal in its approach in relations with Pyongyang and called for a renewal of six-party talks about the situation on the Korean peninsula. A report in the Financial Times says China played a large role...

South Korea Frees Chinese Fishermen After Fatal Clash

South Korea has released the three Chinese fisherman involved in the recent fishing boat conflict in South Korean waters, according to BBC News: The three Chinese fishermen had been freed and were now preparing to return home,...

China Has a Lot of Peacemaking to Do

The Chinese government is hoping to mend some fences in coming months following diplomatic rows with several countries, the Los Angeles Times reports: For a leadership that sailed through the global financial crisis with nary a...



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