This issue of #Shigak arrives at the culmination of the party primaries. The candidates have now all been confirmed, but the question of who will be president is far from settled. Moon Jae-in is still the favorite, but Ahn Cheol-soo isn’t far behind.
With the world’s attention on South Korea following months of dramatic — but peaceful — protest and the subsequent impeachment of Park Geun-hye and arrest of Lee Jae-yong, #Shigak returns with a fresh delivery of concise election analyses, the first of many on the road to the Blue House.
A year after it closed, South Korea is still eyeing the Kaesong Industrial Complex. The issues are not only financial, but also emotional. Christopher Green translates a recent report about North Korea allegedly trying to attract Chinese businesses into the manufacturing zone.
KBS sent a helicopter to hover just inside the southern side of the North-South border and take pictures of conditions in the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) a year after the complex was closed. Christopher Green reproduces their photos and translates the commentary.
Park Geun-hye is mired in a scandal that is capable of ending her presidency. Her approval rating is scraping the floor. However, unpopular presidents are par for the course in South Korea, as Christopher Green notes.
Vladimir Putin recently gave a piece of calligraphy by former President Park Chung-hee to Park’s daughter, incumbent ROK President Park Geun-hye. Returning with a new Jangmadang, Anthony Rinna looks at the protagonist and his gift through the lens of the Russian media.
Global reports imply a spate of intriguing North Korean defections in recent weeks and months. In one instance, a trade representative fled (or so it is said) for Belarus. Taking the Russian media as his evidence, Anthony Rinna investigates.
Sino-NK isn’t the only one taking a keen interest in China-DPRK borderland dynamics. More and more researchers are visiting the area to get a personal grasp of what is going on. Former ROK Minister of Unification Lee Jong-seok did so in early August. Christopher Green looks at Lee’s report.