Chaebol Reform Tops Public Interest in Economic Plan

On Tuesday, newly-elected President Moon Jae-in released a five-year economic plan. It promised a "complete paradigm shift" that includes expanding the social safety net, increasing economic opportunity, and combating unfair business practices. That last point means reforming the chaebol, South Korea's family-run, politically-wired conglomerates. They include Korea's most lucrative brands: Samsung, LG, Hyundai, and Lotte. Chaebol reform was a central pledge of Moon's campaign. His predecessor, P... Continue Reading

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Has China Lost Interest in Pyongyang's Provocations?

In two July tests, North Korea proved it has the capability to hit the continental United States with a ballistic missile. Alarm bells sounded in the West. But in China, by the measure of online conversation about North Korea and its WMD program, the tests were not perceived as particularly significant to the bilateral relationship. Historically, the Predata signal that tracks DPRK-China relations shown above has reacted emphatically to Pyongyang's provocations. That these latest, dramatic launc... Continue Reading

Low Chinese Interest in ICBM Launches