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Seoul’s AIIB entry to enhance ties with China, Asian states

South Korea’s decision on Thursday to join a China-led infrastructure investment bank is expected to enhance its ties with China and underdeveloped countries in Asia, potentially including North Korea, which the bank is expected to support, analysts said Friday.They also noted the decisio...

Updated : 2015.03.27 19:36

S. Korea appoints ex-security adviser as new envoy to China

South Korea on Friday formally appointed Kim Jang-soo, a former national security adviser, as its new ambassador to China amid a growing need to cooperate in the fields of peace and security in the region.The 67-year-old Kim, also a former defense minister, will replace predecessor Kwon Yo...

Updated : 2015.03.27 12:04

Beijing welcomes S. Korea's decision to join China-led bank

China on Friday welcomed South Korea's decision to join a Chinese-led development bank to fund infrastructure projects in Asia, widely viewed as a potential counterbalance to U.S.-led multilateral lenders such as the Asian Development Bank. South Korea announced its decision on Thursday, b...

Updated : 2015.03.27 11:20

S. Korean, U.S. military chiefs hold talks on security issues

The top military officers of South Korea and the United States held talks on bilateral security issues on Friday amid swirling speculation they could discuss the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile-defense system here.Adm. Choi Yun-hee, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, and ...

Updated : 2015.03.27 11:13

S. Korea to seek AIIB stake commensurate with its economic size

South Korea will seek a stake in the China-led investment bank that matches the country's economic size and capability and maximizes its national interest, the finance ministry said Friday.After eight months of deliberation, Seoul announced late Thursday it will join the Asian Infrastructu...

Updated : 2015.03.27 11:10

S. Korea to join China-led infrastructure investment bank

South Korea agreed to join the China-led regional development bank as one of its founding members, the finance ministry announced Thursday, a move that can bolster the Asian neighbor's growing clout i...

Updated : 2015.03.26 21:00

Japan’s media blitz raises eyebrows

Tokyo is facing flak for its advertisement on a major U.S. news channel depicting itself as having laid the groundwork for the development of Asian nations, in an apparent move to whitewash its wartim...

Updated : 2015.03.25 19:22

Greece celebrates Independence Day

The following has been contributed by the Greek Embassy in Seoul to mark the March 25 declaration of the War of Independence of 1821 ― Ed.In Greece, you are at a crossroads of colors and cultures. Th...

Updated : 2015.03.24 19:14

Sino-U.S. competition intensifies

The competition between the U.S. and China over regional primacy is growing as Beijing has been moving to apparently reshape the regional order on the back of its increasing economic and military prow...

Updated : 2015.03.23 19:22

Korea, China, Japan agree to hold summit

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan agreed to work together to hold a trilateral summit at the most “mutually convenient, earliest time” during their first meeting in nearly three ...

Updated : 2015.03.22 19:02

Ireland’s reform spurs recovery

The Irish economy’s remarkable recovery from the 2007-08 banking crisis is an envy of governments the world over. The country had the highest growth rate within the European Union last year at 4.8 pe...

Updated : 2015.03.22 18:32

St. Patrick’s Day gains ground in Korea

With the number of foreigners in Korea increasing steadily, celebrations of overseas festivals are becoming quite familiar.On St. Patrick’s Day ― Irish cultural and religious festival ― Koreans and...

Updated : 2015.03.22 18:31

Romania, Korea strengthen partnership

Marking the silver jubilee of diplomatic relations, Romanian Vice Foreign Minister Carmen Burlacu visited Korea last week to earmark progress in bilateral cooperation and sustain the momentum into the...

Updated : 2015.03.22 18:30

‘Korea should preserve tradition for tourism’

Despite Korea’s obsession with doing things at breakneck speeds, French Ambassador Jerome Pasquier thinks Koreans should slow down and appreciate finer things in life ― traditional houses, bucolic roads and national parks. Speaking at the second anniversary of the 5.4 Club, Pasquier said...

Updated : 2015.03.22 18:27

S. Korea, China, Japan vow efforts to hold summit at early date

The top diplomats of South Korea, China and Japan agreed on Saturday to continue efforts to hold a trilateral summit of their leaders at an early date as they seek to revive cooperation amid history and territorial rows.The pledge came at a meeting between South Korean Foreign Minister Yun...

Updated : 2015.03.22 10:56