Ma Ying-jeou calls for economic cooperation pact with EU

Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou said Dec. 19 that the country has now signed or is negotiating economic cooperation agreements with its top three trading partners, so the time is ripe for a breakthrough on this front with the European Union. Two years ago the ROC inked the Cross-Straits Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) with mainland […]

China to further ties with ROK

China is ready to work with the Republic of Korea (ROK) to further promote bilateral relations in light of the election of ROK President Park Geun-hye, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Thursday. President Hu Jintao has given congratulations to Park, Hua said at a daily press briefing. Hailing the progress of China-ROK relations since […]

Russia to monitor DPRK’s satellite launch

Russia will monitor a planned satellite launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) but sees no reason to put on alert its own missile defense, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Oleg Ostapenko said Tuesday. When asked by Interfax news agency if the Russia’s air defense units in the Far East will be put on […]

DPRK satellite launch criticized as dangerous situation

Commander of the U.S. Forces Japan ( USFJ) Salvatore Angelella said Thursday that the satellite launch of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was a ” dangerous situation”. The launch “is against UN Security Council’s resolutions,” Angelella told a press conference in Japan National Press Club. “We are monitoring the situation closely, and we […]

DPRK places long-range rocket into position for launch

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has completed placing all three stages of its long- range rocket into position for a controversial satellite launch, Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday. The installation of the rocket on the launch pad in Tongchang- ri in the DPRK’s far northwest is believed to have been finished, a South […]

Japan, S.Korea, U.S. on DPRK satellite launch

Japan, S.Korea, U.S. on DPRK satellite launch

The DPRK’s plan to launch a satellite later this month has generated unease in the international community. South Korea has expressed deep concern over the issue and demanded the DPRK withdraw its launch plan. Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reports that Japan will postpone the high-level talks with the DPRK, originally scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday […]

China, ROK trade 2012 to top 250 bln USD

Trade between China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) is expected to hit 250 billion U.S. dollars this year, Lee Kyu-hyung, ROK ambassador to China, said Thursday. This year marks the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the ROK, Lee said at a forum on bilateral enterprise businesses. Trade between the two countries […]

S. Korea’s conservative presidential candidate willing to meet with DPRK leader

S. Korea’s conservative presidential candidate willing to meet with DPRK leader

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party presidential candidate Park Geun-hye said Monday she is willing to meet with Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), to ease strained ties. “In order to build trust, we need to open various channels of communication,” Park, a conservative, told a televised press […]

China hopes ROK will handle case impartially

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei says the Chinese government hopes and believes South Korea will handle the Liu Qiang case in an impartial way. Liu Qiang a Chinese national, whose grand-mother was forced to become a comfort woman during the Second World War, is serving a ten-month jail term after being convicted of throwing […]