Sunday, October 11, 2009

Korea news links for October 11, 2009

Much of today's Korea-related news is coming out of the trilateral summit in Beijing, with the leaders of South Korea, Japan, and China meeting to discuss economic cooperation, how to deal with North Korea, and environmental issues. The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is also generating some news, including reports that actress Jeon Doyeon (전도연/全度妍; chŏn toyŏn) has been honored with one of the highest artistic awards offered by France (see also here).
  1. Leaders of South Korea, Japan, and China, at trilateral summit in Beijing, say they will explore the idea of a free-trade pact, inching their countries closer to economic integration (CNBC, Xinhua, Yonhap)
  2. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao tells ROK President Lee and Japanese PM Hatoyama that North Korea wants to ease tensions with Seoul, Tokyo, and Washington (CNBC, USA Today, Reuters via WaPo, WSJ, NYT; related story at Bloomberg)
  3. At summit, Wen, Lee, and Hatoyama pledge to enact Copenhagen climate accord (Bloomberg)
  4. Hatoyama backs Lee's "Grand Bargain" on dealing with North Korea (Donga Ilbo, CCTV, Korea Herald)
  5. Military Manpower Association plans to implement longer military service for "draft-dodgers" while providing more scrutiny for those who seek exemption (Korea Times)
  6. Top celebrities at PIFF are lining up to speak out against digital theft (Yonhap)
  7. WebTV (aka IPTV) marks one millionth subscriber nine months after launch (Chosun Ilbo)
  8. South Korean retailers predict Michael Jackson and Jackson Five costumes to be Halloween season's best sellers (Yonhap)


  1. That was quite interesting. The guy doing it, though, appears to be Black himself, but those mannequins... creepy looking in a blackface sort of way.

    But good entertainment, though.


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