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Summitry for Politics’ Sake

It’s hard not to yawn.

North and South Korea have agreed to hold preliminary military talks on 8 February, in an attempt to defuse heightened tensions on the peninsula.

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak urged the North to seize a “good chance” to improve relations.

The Koreas will discuss the two deadly attacks by Pyongyang against the South, which killed a total of 50 people, Seoul’s defence ministry said.

The talks may lead to a more senior meeting, possibly at ministerial level.


Myanmar Kisses Beijing’s Ring

Zin Linn argues that “To people of Burma, China is not only a great impediment to their freedom but also a neo-colonialist under an alliance mask.

Senior Gen. Than Shwe in the midst of swelling international pressure and ahead of the 7-November elections arrived in China on 7 September for a five-day state visit. Analysts said Burma is trying to get support politically from China as it has been planning for its first election in two decades. International observers have criticized the election as a charade as it does not include key opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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The Dear Leader’s Far-Sighted, Nostalgic Voyage

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/437586.htmlNow that Kim Jong-il has returned from the PRC’s northeastern provinces, and former US President, Jimmy Carter has negotiated for the release of Aijalon Mahli Gomes, what is clear is, that the DPRK doesn’t want to denuclearize, even if it might return to Six-Party Talks.


Is the Lee Administration Its Own Worst Enemy?

This is how South Korean diplomats talk about each other:

A former high-ranking official jokingly said South Korea’s diplomats may look like they have been playing the piano for decades but they can’t manage a song as simple as ‘Chopsticks.’ South Korean diplomacy resembles a small and decrepit station in a remote village where trains no longer stop. In short, the isolation strategy is tantamount to diplomatic failure, even if officials of the Lee regime might not like to hear that.


Obama foolishly plays with fire on South Korean FTA

Last year I wrote ad-nauseam on my support for the FTA between the U.S. and South Korea --both here and in the mainstream press.It was then that I coined my now infamous line about the South Korean citizenry's opposition to the trade agreement: "The problem with democracy is that sometimes it works."I really didn't want to get into it the FTA debate again, but this headline in the Korea Times

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