Thursday, June 23, 2011

Daily Kor for Thursday, June 23, 2011

Would you want to live on one of the Five Islands of the West Sea (서해오도)? You know, the ones that North Korea occasionally attacks because they no longer think the Northern Limit Line (or NLL, the de facto maritime border since the end of the Korean War). How about visiting? Now before you say Hell, no!, please consider that the above picture was taken on the lovely island of Paengnyŏngdo (백령도). It's Tumujin (두무진).

Now before you say Hell, yes!, please consider that the picture at right was also taken off the waters of Paengnyŏngdo. That's a great white. Great whites are a rare sight in Korea, usually seen only in English classrooms. [rim shot]
  1. South Korean government announces new processing center for incoming North Korean refugees (Monster Island, AFP, BBC, Yonhap)
  2. South Korea to invest 910.9 billion won (US$848 million) to develop Sŏhae-odo, the "Five Islands of the West Sea" located in the Yellow Sea near North Korean shores, to include improved housing and medical services as well as tourism (Bloomberg, Yonhap)
  3. MSCI index keeps South Korea and Taiwan at "emerging market" status, says two Asian tigers will be able to join ranks of developed markets in benchmark index only after making currencies fully convertible (Reuters, FTJoongang Daily, Bloomberg)
  4. Speaking in Seoul, actor and activist Richard Gere criticizes China for what he describes as widespread abuse of Tibetans (AP via WaPo)
  5. President Lee Myungbak congratulates UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon on election to second term (Yonhap)
  6. Hyundai Heavy Industries says ship orders will be nearly double this year from a weak 2010 (WSJ)
  7. Samsung loses bid in court to examine Apple's future products in defense of patent-infringement lawsuit (Bloomberg)
  8. South Korean and US academics create digitized archive of Korean War (Yonhap)
  9. New AmCham chief is "optimistic" about ratification of Korea-US free-trade agreement (Yonhap)
    • President Lee calls on National Assembly committee to ratify FTA (Yonhap)
  10. South Korea gets international approval to build second research facility in Antarctica (Yonhap, Korea Herald)
  11. Ministry of Education admits Korea English Job Fair in Vancouver was disorganized failure (Korea Times)

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