Friday, January 7, 2011

Daily Kor for January 7, 2011

I guess South Korea losing the hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup means that FIFA doesn't need Chung Mongjoon to kick around anymore, so he's gone. And Bosworth is gone, off to Beijing and hopefully not to make some deal with the Chinese that will undermine the the unusual resolve of Washington, Seoul, and Tokyo to stand together against Pyongyang's calculated belligerence.

The other big news — literally — is that Asiana Airlines is ordering some Airbus A380 Dreamliners. On the one hand, I wonder if they wouldn't possibly have bought some Boeing 787 aircraft instead, had the long delayed KORUS FTA already been in effect. On the other hand, I wonder if this means that Incheon International Airport will become even more of a hub when it necessarily has to expand in order to service these massive planes (LAX is spending some $1.1 billion for such improvements).
  1. In FIFA vote, Chung Mongjoon loses vice-presidency to Jordan's Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein (WSJ, Yonhap, Korea Herald)
  2. Seoul rejects Pyongyang's offer for unconditional talks to ease tensions as "propaganda" charm offensive (Reuters, AP via WaPo, BBC, Xinhua, Bloomberg)
    1. US envoy Bosworth moves on to Beijing (WaPo, AP via WaPo, UPI)
  3. National Police Agency says Google is illegally collecting email and other data from unsecured wireless networks in South Korea (AP via WaPo, YonhapKorea Times, Korea Herald, Joongang Daily)
  4. Asiana Airlines purchases six Airbus A380 aircraft to be delivered between 2014 and 2017, at cost of US$1.78 billion (Reuters, AP via WaPo, Korea Times, Joongang Daily
  5. Seventy thousand ROK troops to be deployed to fight spread of foot-and-mouth disease (Yonhap)
    • South Korean quarantine authorities to begin vaccinations of animals (Yonhap)
  6. Pyongchang completes bid file for 2018 Winter Olympics (Yonhap, Korea Times, Korea Herald)
  7. Seoul City Council goes ahead with controversial plan free lunch for all students (Yonhap)
  8. Bank of Korea to focus on price stability in 2011 (Yonhap)
  9. Beijing admits pandas are just unemployed laborers in bear suits (AFP)

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