[Weekender] China’s rising clout in Korea

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[Weekender] China’s rising clout in Korea

Around B.C. 300, a Chinese widow moved house three times in search of a better place to raise her son. Living beside a cemetery, the child mimicked funeral rites. Near a marketplace, he imitated merch...

Updated : 2014.08.01 21:42

[Weekender] Uncertainties linger over future Korea-China relations

South Korea and China have made remarkable progress in their economic, cultural and social relations since the opening of their diplomatic ties 22 years ago, with their trade volume, bilateral tourism...

Updated : 2014.08.01 21:37

[Weekender] Incheon’s 100 years of Chinese diaspora

On the busy streets of Korea’s biggest Chinatown in Incheon stands Gonghwachun, one of the most popular Chinese restaurants among tourists to the area. “We hold pride in our 100-year history,” its ...

Updated : 2014.08.01 21:34

[Weekender] Bound by history, cultural, social ties evolve

Stretching back two millennia, the two countries’ deeply interwoven cultural and social relations have evolved from a geohistorical, Confucianism-based bond into a mutually beneficial partnership. Th...

Updated : 2014.08.01 21:34

Parties face calls for reform after elections

The country’s two largest political parties are calling for reform and innovation in the wake of Wednesday’s parliamentary by-elections. The circumstances behind the developments, however, differ greatly for the two parties. The ruling Saenuri Party’s reform drive is being spearheaded b...

Updated : 2014.08.01 21:28

Hospitals ill-prepared for revised privacy law

South Korea’s hospitals are not fully ready for the revised privacy law that bans public agencies and private companies from collecting or processing resident registration numbers.The bill, which will take effect on Aug. 7, is feared to spark a slew of problems at medical institutions, in...

Updated : 2014.08.01 21:28

New Army abuse case draws public fire

Another case of physical abuses at a military barracks is drawing fire from the public, with human rights activists blasting the Army for its continued failure to care for the potential victims of bul...

Updated : 2014.08.01 21:28

F-35 delays raise concern

Concerns are escalating in South Korea over possible delays in the development of the F-35 fighter jet as this could hinder Seoul’s project to deploy 40 of the radar-evading aircraft from 2018-2021.The U.S-led multinational F-35 development program has recently been in the media spotlight...

Updated : 2014.08.01 21:28

Seoul to reintroduce trash bins on streets

The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it would add more than 1,000 public trash bins to handle recyclable litter such as takeaway cups.The city is considering placing the new type of trash bins in downtown areas starting from early next year as the growing number of coffee shops is produc...

Updated : 2014.08.01 16:11

Police arrest prime suspect in double murder case

A key suspect in the murder of two men was arrested on Friday, three days after their bodies were found in a house in this city north of Seoul, local police said.The suspect, identified only as a 50-year-old woman surnamed Lee, was caught in the dormitory of a factory in Pocheon, 46 kilome...

Updated : 2014.08.01 15:34

Fresh sexual abuse allegations emerge over dead draftee

The Army said Friday that it will conduct a further probe into fresh allegations that a private first class, who was beaten to death by his comrades, was also sexually molested.In April, a 23-year-old Army private first class surnamed Yoon died after being hit in the chest by five of his c...

Updated : 2014.08.01 14:36

S. Korea, New Zealand to hold 8th round of FTA talks next week

South Korea and New Zealand will hold a fresh round of negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in Seoul next week, the South Korean government said Friday, vowing to make "progress" in the talks that began more than five years ago."At the upcoming round of negotiations, the...

Updated : 2014.08.01 11:56

Park to return to work next week after low-key vacation

President Park Geun-hye is set to return to work next week after a short vacation inside the presidential compound, an official said Friday.Park spent her time receiving briefings by her aides on domestic and foreign affairs while resting in her official residence during a five-day summer ...

Updated : 2014.08.01 11:54

N. Korea issues new bank notes to flush out cash

North Korea has started issuing new bank notes in an apparent effort to flush out privately hoarded cash reserves, according to South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS).In a briefing to a parliamentary committee, the NIS said the new notes were issued from July 30, Yonhap news age...

Updated : 2014.08.01 10:15

Opposition leaders quit over election defeat

The two leaders of the main opposition party offered to resign Thursday, taking responsibility for its crushing defeat in the parliamentary by-elections. Reps. Ahn Cheol-soo and Kim Han-gil, cochairme...

Updated : 2014.07.31 21:28