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The Korean way (East Asia Forum)

Aspirations for greater autonomy and self-reliance are driving significant changes to Seoul’s political and security postures amid intensifying regional tensions, and serve as a backdrop as South Koreans elect their next president in early 2022.

The Korean way | East Asia Forum

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Tough tests for South Korea’s next president (Hyung-A Kim, East Asia Forum)

With less than four months to South Korea’s presidential election on 9 March 2022, the contest is turning into a quasi-life-or-death round of Squid Game amid scandals involving the ruling Democratic Party’s (DP) frontrunner Lee Jae-myung, former governor of Gyunggi province, and the main opposition People Power Party (PPP) frontrunner Yoon Seok-youl, former prosecutor-general. Both Lee and Yoon are campaigning on fairness and justice, prompting political cynicism especially among young people

Tough tests for South Korea’s next president | East Asia Forum

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Washington cannot force Japan and South Korea together (Anthony V Rinna, East Asia Forum)

Seoul–Tokyo relations under Japan’s new prime minister Fumio Kishida are off to a less-than-promising start. This is no doubt frustrating for the United States, eager to foster reconciliation between two major Indo-Pacific partners.

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With China and U.S. talks, South Korea tries to push forward on N.Korea (Phil Stewart, Reuters)

South Korea will broach North Korea separately with two different audiences on Thursday, holding talks with Beijing’s top diplomat in China and with visiting U.S. military leaders in Seoul.

In China, talks are expected to include South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s hopes for a declaration to end the 1950-1953 Korean War. The conflict halted with an armistice and not a peace treaty.

With China and U.S. talks, South Korea tries to push forward on N.Korea | Reuters

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US, S. Korea to Write New War Plan to Counter N. Korean Nukes, Missiles (Tara Copp, Defense One)

The U.S. and the Republic of Korea are expected to announce this week they will begin writing a new war plan for North Korea that takes into account Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile launch advances, two U.S. senior defense officials said Tuesday.

US, S. Korea to Write New War Plan to Counter N. Korean Nukes, Missiles – Defense One

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Joint Statement on the Sixth U.S.-Republic of Korea Information and Communication Technology Policy Forum (US Department of State)

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea at the conclusion of the sixth meeting of the U.S.-ROK Information and Communication Technology Policy Forum.

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The United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening cooperation on digital economy policy issues during the sixth meeting of the U.S.-ROK Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy Forum held in Seoul   from November 15 to 16, 2021.

Vice Minister Cho Kyeongsik of the ROK Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment José Fernandez of the U.S. Department of State delivered keynote speeches at the forum. Director General Kim Seong-Gyu of MSIT’s International Cooperation Bureau led the ROK delegation and Stephen Anderson, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Communications and Information Policy, led the U.S. delegation.

On November 15, senior government officials and industry representatives discussed topics including artificial intelligence (AI), data policy, and cyber security. Both countries affirmed the importance of responsible stewardship and trustworthy AI and a human-centric approach. They also highlighted the benefits of the free flow of data across borders. In addition, both countries shared the view that cybersecurity cooperation should be strengthened to continue to enable innovation, development of emerging technologies, and growth of the digital economy.

The United States and the ROK discussed their national initiatives to enable AI innovation, highlighted their joint support for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Recommendation on AI, and affirmed their commitment to continue working together on AI through the OECD and the Global Partnership on AI.

Additionally, the United States and the ROK recognized the value of the private sector’s role at the cutting edge of innovation and emphasized the importance of governments in fostering enabling environments for competitiveness and prosperity to promote digital transformation.

On November 16, senior U.S. and ROK officials detailed priority initiatives of both governments. The Korean side presented the ROK’s Digital New Deal and the development of Vehicle to Everything (V2X) technology for next-generation autonomous driving. The United States presented the Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership as well as expanded efforts in the area of securing undersea cables.

Both countries are committed to implementing the May 2021 joint vision of President Biden and President Moon to strengthen the U.S.-ROK partnership on critical and emerging technologies including 5G and 6G and to develop open, transparent, and efficient 5G and 6G network architectures using Open RAN. They highlighted the need for an open, interoperable, and secure telecommunications networks. Furthermore, the United States and the ROK reiterated the value of working together in the development of quantum technologies, talent exchanges, standardization activities, and the expansion of joint research. In particular, both countries pledged to continuously expand joint research carried out in next generation mobile communication including 6G.

The two sides discussed objectives and shared information on their respective priorities and activities related to international conferences and multilateral organizations, such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), OECD, G20, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, and Internet Governance Forum. They recognized the need to work closely together and with the business community to promote international data flows, including through the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules system.

The sixth U.S.-ROK ICT Policy Forum was hosted by MSIT. The ROK delegation included officials representing MSIT, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Personal Information Protection Commission, Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA), National Information Society Agency (NIA), Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA), and Institute for Information and Communication Technology Promotion (IITP). The U.S. delegation included officials representing the Department of State, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, International Trade Administration, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Agency for International Development, Federal Communications Commission, National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense. Leading U.S. industry associations joined as active participants

The seventh U.S.-ROK ICT Policy Forum will be held in Washington, D.C. in 2023.

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South Korea accused of discrimination over vaccine recognition (Morten Soendergaard Larsen, Al Jazeera)

Imagine two people.

Both live in South Korea. Both got their COVID-19 vaccinations in July when they were overseas – one in the United States, and the other in France.

South Korea accused of discrimination over vaccine recognition | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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S.Korea weighs monetary fines to rein in app store operators (Reuters)

South Korea said on Wednesday it plans to impose a fine on dominant app store operators such as Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google if they force app developers to use only their payment systems.

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said it proposes a a monetary penalty of up to 2% of Korea app market revenue in such instances. The dominant app market operators will also incur a monetary penalty of up to 1% of Korea app store revenue for undue delays in reviewing apps or deletion of an app from the app store, the regulator said in a statement.

The country amended the Telecommunication Business Act in August to curb the big app store operators’ market dominance and stop them from charging commissions on in-app purchases.

The detailed draft of regulations set out on Wednesday is expected to be enforced by March after consultations, the KCC said.

Apple and Google are not doing enough to comply with the South Korean law, a lawmaker who spearheaded the amendment told Reuters this month.

The KCC said that if app developers are disadvantaged when using other payment methods, which in turn leaves them with no choice but to use a specific payment method, it will be considered as forcing them.

Disadvantages include technical restrictions, making it procedurally difficult, or barring app developers from setting different payment terms.

The new rules also impose a compulsory fee in instances where the dominant app store operators fail to submit information requested by the regulator.

The fine of up to 2% of revenue is the extent of the monetary penalties allowed by the amended Act, a KCC official said.

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Altay power pack talks between Turkey, SKorea changes to off-the-shelf supply (Burak Ege Bekdil, Defense News)

Negotiations between Turkish and South Korean companies to power Turkey’s first indigenous tank are shifting from plans for co-production in the European country to an off-the-shelf contract, Turkish procurement and industry sources told Defense News.

In October, Turkey and South Korea signed a letter of intent under which two South Korean companies would supply engines and transmission mechanisms for the Altay tank. The deal, penned Oct. 22, came during a meeting between Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and the South Korean minister in charge of the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration, Kang Eun-ho.

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