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Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

H.E. Vishnu Prakash, Indian Ambassador to Korea, will present a lecture entitled ‘India’s Ties with South Korea and East Asia: Present and Future’ at Asia Society Korea Center’s Monthly Luncheon Series.

Another Star Named Park Rises in South Korea’s Political Sky

Monday, February 11th, 2013
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The surname Park may be one of the most common encountered in South Korea, so if you say it in isolation to a local conversation partner, it may draw a blank. But if you mention it with the word “president” in front, you are likely to get a strong response from your friend. Some South Koreans idolize the man who served in the Blue House from 1961 to 1979 and credit him with advancing the economy. Others revile him for prioritizing industrialization ahead of democracy while a third camp praises his economic policies, even as they denounce his dictatorship. But be sure that everyone articulates an opinion.

These days, the attention is focused not just on him, but also on his daughter, namely Park Geun-hye, who is seeking to become the paramount leader of the Republic of Korea in this year’s national election. Who is she and what can be said about her as an overview? Park was born on February 2, 1952 in Daegu. She was the first child of future president Park. Her younger brother is Park Ji-man and her younger sister is Park Seoyoung. Her early life was painful. Tragically, on August 15, 1974, her mother was shot to death by Mun Se-gwang, a Korean born in Japan, who was apparently trying to kill President Park. The incident occurred at the National Theatre. With the country’s first lady dead, the young Park bravely stepped into a new role. Then her father suffered assassination on October 26, 1979 when Kim Jae-kyu, the head of the Korean intelligence service, pulled the trigger on his own pistol. This double loss has won Ms. Park some measure of public sympathy.

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in India, to meet Manmohan Singh tomorrow

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

The Opposition leader of Myanmar and Member of Parliament, Aung San Suu Kyi, arrived on Tuesday on her first visit to India since she was released from nearly 15 years under house arrest.Suu Kyi left for New Delhi on Monday via Bangkok on her visit to India.

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Xi Jinping’s American Debut

Monday, May 7th, 2012

“Xi who?” That seems to be the reaction of many Americans to the visit of China’s Vice President Xi Jinping. He has far less name recognition in the West than either President Hu Jinato or Premier Wen Jiaobao.

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Canada's Harper Tilts Toward Trade in China

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s China policy resembles a gyroscope – it hugs the terrain. Once upon a time, this hardcore conservative loudly insisted that he would trade with China, but spurn bowing “to the almighty dollar,” i.e., he would press Beijing on human rights. During his 2009 sojourn there, Harper publicly chastised his hosts, with his disdain for the Communist party quite evident.

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Growing Indian Defense Budget

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

India’s defense budget has shown a substantial increase in the past five years, according to defense experts and analysts. Following the recent budget announcement by the Defense Minister A. K. Anthony, for the fiscal year 2012, the focus returns to India’s growing defense spending.

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Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Scheduled to take place in Seoul from March 26 to 27, 2012, the “2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit” will discuss issues such as cooperative measures to combat the threat of nuclear terrorism; protection of nuclear materials and related facilities; and prevention of illicit trafficking of nuclear materials.

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Third Son Inherits North Korea’s Dynasty After His Father’s Death

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

It’s the season for birthday bashes in North Korea. North Koreans showered superlatives of praise for the late “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il on what would have been his 70th birthday on February 16 had he survived the heart attack that killed him two months earlier.

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The Universal Peace Federation

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

China’s Cities See Explosive Growth as Villages Relax Hukou System

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Agriculture has been the traditional occupation in rural China for centuries, but rapid economic growth in China has prompted millions of people to move from rural green areas to ‘concrete jungles’ – the cities where employment is more lucrative.

Although the Hukou system is in place, in which individuals are registered according their birthplace and under residency permit to live there, it is believed to be less disturbed by officials as more cities are allowing farmers for both temporary and permanent work.

The Mongolian Sandwich

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Mongolia has two neighbours, China and Russia. Both of these countries are huge and have dominated Mongolia for several centuries, despite Mongolia being a sovereign republic. Mongolia is rich in natural resources such as copper, coal, gold and other minerals, which are providing new paths for success and prosperity. Its biggest market is China, while to the north, Russia forms an alternate route to other markets.

Hong Kong’s Education Gets Fresh Funding of US$643 Million

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Donald Tsang, the chief executive of Hong Kong, believes that it is crucial to increase the investment in academic research in tertiary Hong Kong institutions to compete in the intense global scenario.

To be able to compete at the global level, he proposed to inject US$643 million (5 billion HK dollars) into the Research Endowment Fund. Tsang also announced that 3 billion HK dollars would be injected into the development of self-financing tertiary institutions, on a competitive basis.

Rich-Poor Gap Spurs Leftist To Victory as Mayor of Seoul

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

A lawyer with a long background espousing leftist causes is now the mayor of Seoul, a capital city of 10 million people (20 percent of South Korea’s population), after his overwhelming success in an election that has grave implications for policies visa-vis North Korea.

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A Whisper of Hope Rises in Myanmar Again

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Myanmar today is an isolated political state. Years of international economic sanctions in protest against the suppressive rule there has led to severe economic struggle for citizens of this ethnically-divided nation. However, recent news from Myanmar indicates a whisper of hope that far-reaching changes could finally be coming soon.

The KORUS FTA and its Implications for the South Korean Agricultural Sector

Monday, January 9th, 2012

The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) will likely finally be ratified in the near future, despite various pending obstacles such as the disagreements with the opposition parties over aspects of the FTA such as the controversial (InvestorState Disment) article. However, the long-stalled FTA deal is expected to generate considerable mutual benefits after its ratification. Upon winning a final approval from the U.S.

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Japan’s Party of Change Clings to Power

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, has taken over a regime that, although divided and weakened by disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March, has not been inclined to pervasive change.

Indonesia’s Thousand Island Underwater Cable Project Nearing Completion

Monday, November 14th, 2011

The Thousand Islands regency under the Jakarta Provincial Government has been a major tourist destination for the region, attracting anywhere between 15,000 to 20,000 local and international tourists every day. The group of islands is divided into the northern and the southern parts, but only the southern area currently enjoys electricity supplied via underwater cables.

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Will South Korea and the U.S. Sing in a KORUS FTA?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

A chorus occurs when a group of people harmonize their singing. Therefore, how appropriate that the free trade agreement (FTA) designed to link South Korea and the United States in a synchronized, deeper -- and mutually beneficial-- trade relationship is called the KORUS FTA, with the first pact appearing in 2007. Already, South Korea offers America US$80 billion in annual trade as its seventh largest export market.

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Mexico - An Active Asia-Pacific Partner in Sustainable Growth

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Mexico’s environmental policy has been undergoing some significant changes at the behest of President Calderon, all intended to put the focus of the country’s environmental development on sustainable, or green, energy production.

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Can a Social Activist like Anna Hazare Curtail the Supremacy of Corruption in India?

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Anna Hazare is the latest name flashing in current Indian news headlines for his role in leading India’s fight against corruption. He has taken this fight very seriously and is now challenging the government at the highest level, as Anna is on a Hunger Strike. The common man and well-known personalities alike are supporting him in this new stage of protest.


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