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Donald Kirk is the Seoul Correspondent of the Sun.

Mr. Kirk, based in Seoul and Washington, has been covering Asia for decades for…

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North Korea, Defying White House Warning, Launches a Spy Satellite, Posing a Dilemma for Seoul and Washington

The launch gives the impression of much closer cooperation between North Korea and Russia since North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, met President Putin in September.

Yuri Kadobnov/pool via AP, file

Biden, After Coast Summit, Calls Xi a ‘Dictator,’ Causing Secretary Blinken Pointedly To Wince and Giving the World a Lesson in Diplomacy

One-China policy appears to have been reiterated, to little effect.

Doug Mills/New York Times via AP, pool

Is Communist China Downgrading the Issue of Taiwan as It Readies for a Parley Between Xi and Biden?

Ahead of the Sidelines Summit at the G7 in San Francisco, a party organ, Global Times, suggests Taiwan will be but ‘one of the topics’ of concern on the communist side.

AP/Wason Wanichakorn

Blinken, at Seoul Near the End of His Asian Swing, Agrees To Disagree With Korea on the Rights and Wrongs of War in Gaza

Parley follows an exercise in doubletalk that took place on the secretary of state’s stop at Tokyo.

Jung Yeon-je/pool via AP

Seoul Eyes Hiking Trails for Tourists in the Demilitarized Zone Dividing Korea, Even as Peace Prospects Look Dimmer Than Ever

The prospect of tourism south of the line where thousands of soldiers were killed between 1950 and 1953 seems like a relief from decades of tension, recriminations and occasional rifle shots.

Kim Hong-Ji/pool via AP

America, Communist China Prep for Summit Between Biden and Xi Next Month at San Francisco

War in Gaza proves crucial in respect of getting both sides to talk — though, beware, Beijing is nursing ambitions to serve as mediator.

AP/Jose Luis Magana
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