SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has urged Japan to withdraw export controls on high-tech materials bound for South Korea, he said on Monday (July 8), calling the restriction a bid to limit bilateral private trade with a political aim. In his first public remarks on Japan's restriction on exports to South Korea, Mr Moon said the issue had became a concern for the world as it put a global supply chain at risk. South Korea's tech giant Samsung Electronics Co and SK Hynix Inc - the world's top memory chipmakers, and suppliers to Apple and China's Huawei Technologies - could face delays if the measures that took effect on Thursday (July 4) drag on. This story is developing. … [Read more...] about South Korea’s Moon Jae-in urges Japan to remove export curbs
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WASHINGTON: In Europe, Donald Trump’s relationships with leaders range from lukewarm to hostile. But in Asia, more than ever, the US president is finding that he’s among friends. At a time that Trump is ramping up pressure on China, he has built warm relationships elsewhere in Asia and has recently seen surprise electoral triumphs by key partners. Japan is rolling out the red carpet for Trump, who will become the first foreign leader to meet newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito. Trump will bond with conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over sumo wrestling and, weather permitting, their latest rounds of golf. Trump’s trip comes on the heels of India’s election in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist who has enthusiastically built ties with Washington, won an unexpectedly strong new mandate, as well as Australia’s polls, where Prime Minister Scott Morrison stunned pundits by beating back a challenge from the Labor Party, whose promises … [Read more...] about In Asia, Trump finds more than ever he’s among friends
SIX DEAD, 200 INJURED IN ELECTION PROTESTS After a day of relative calm yesterday as the long-awaited election results were finally announced, there was an outbreak of violence in the Indonesian capital today. A group of some 300 clashed with police on Wednesday morning. The Inspector-General told reporters that 14 vehicles, including three belonging to the police, were set on fire and some 58 “provocateurs” had been arrested. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan meanwhile said that six people had died and 200 others were injured. The big picture: Indonesia, Jakarta especially, has been tense since the April 17 election that featured a rematch between President Joko Widodo and former general Prabowo Subianto. Fears of violence and terror attacks surrounding the official release of the results had prompted foreign missions like the US embassy to issue warnings of a “heightened risk of terrorism”, with the Indonesian government mobilising 32,000 troops to keep … [Read more...] about Asian Insider May 22: In Indonesia, unrest “by design”?
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul as part of his trip to the region in late June for the G20 summit in Japan, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday (May 15).The two leaders "will continue their close coordination on efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearisation" of North Korea, the statement said. They will also discuss "ways to strengthen" the US-South Korea alliance.Tensions between the United States and North Korea have ratcheted up since a failed summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam in February.North Korea has tested two short-range missiles and fired a series of projectiles in recent weeks. They were the first missile launches by Pyongyang since it tested an intercontinental ballistic missile in November 2017.Moon said last week that the missile launches were probably a protest against the United States after the failed Hanoi summit.Trump downplayed … [Read more...] about Trump to meet with South Korean leader in late June
SEOUL: Ever more South Koreans prefer peaceful co-existence with the nuclear-armed North to reunification of the peninsula, a survey found on Monday (May 13).Despite sharing a common language and ethnicity and centuries of history, North and South Korea have become radically different societies in recent decades.Ruled with an iron grip by three generations of the Kim family, the North has turned itself into a nuclear power - at the cost of international isolation - while the South has embraced democracy and risen to become the world's 11th-largest economy.The South's President Moon Jae-in regularly affirms unification as an eventual goal, but the picture in his country is far more nuanced, the survey by Seoul's Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) showed.A total of 65.9 per cent of South Koreans saw unification as necessary, it said, down from 70.7 per cent last year as inter-Korean engagement and nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington stall.But when offered an … [Read more...] about Unification support falls in South Korea as talks stall