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South Korea inks largest arms export deal with UAE for missile interceptor (Brian Kim, Defense News)

 South Korea has inked a deal with the United Arab Emirates to export midrange surface-to-air missiles, marking the Asian country’s largest-ever arms export deal in history.

Valued about $3.5 billion, the contract for the Cheongung II KM-SAM weapons was singed Jan. 16 during a meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Emirati Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Dubai as they discussed economic cooperation.

South Korea inks largest arms export deal with UAE for missile interceptor (defensenews.com)

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Democracy should feature in South Korean development assistance (Simon Bruns, East Asia Forum)

South Korea has been praised for its successful COVID-19 containment strategy, which has managed to keep deaths significantly below the global average. In April 2020, the country also held parliamentary elections amid the pandemic which attracted the highest voter turnout in 28 years. This was a testament to South Korea’s democratic development, confirming that it has become a mature democracy, capable of successfully operating even under abnormal circumstances.

Democracy should feature in South Korean development assistance (eastasiaforum.org)

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South Korea’s embrace of Australia goes beyond China (Chris Khatouki, The Interpreter)

The elevation of a “comprehensive strategic partnership” between South Korea and Australia during South Korean President Moon Jae-In’s state visit last month has left analysts torn about its impetus. Is South Korea simply seeking to expand economic ties? Or are we witnessing a “quiet alignment” with Australia against China’s assertive behaviour in the region?

South Korea’s embrace of Australia goes beyond China | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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Entrepreneurs from China, Japan and South Korea pin hopes on the RCEP: survey (Zhang Dan, Global Times)

Despite the ongoing pandemic and geopolitical volatility, most entrepreneurs from China, Japan and South Korea are optimistic about China’s economic growth in 2022 and the recently implemented mega trade pact – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), according to a joint survey by the Global Times Research Center, Maeil Business Newspaper and Nikkei.

GT Investigates: Entrepreneurs from China, Japan and South Korea pin hopes on the RCEP: survey – Global Times

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South Korea’s middle power aid diplomacy (Jeffrey Choi, East Asia Forum)

Official Development Assistance (ODA) is likely to become an increasingly important part of South Korea’s middle power diplomacy in Asia. Although South Korea expresses eagerness to adopt global norms in this space, the pace, scope and degree of their adoption will depend on the standards and criteria of key actors such as the South Korean foreign and economic ministries, with their different and path-dependent results.

South Korea’s middle power aid diplomacy | East Asia Forum

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South Korea’s anti-feminism surge offers political gain, but long-term pain (Kaylin Kim, East Asia Forum)

Despite being the first archer in Olympic history to win three gold medals at a single Games, An San received thousands of hate comments online. She was criticised not for her performance at the 2020 Olympics, but because of her short haircut and enrolment at Kwangju Women’s University. Commentors accused An of being a feminist, a label that is stigmatised by many South Koreans who associate the term with hating men.

South Korea’s anti-feminism surge offers political gain, but long-term pain | East Asia Forum

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The Korean way towards green growth (Elizabeth Thurbon, John A Mathews, East Asia Forum)

Like its East Asian neighbours, South Korea was relatively slow to turn away from fossil fuels and start building a new energy system based on wind and solar power. But once the transition began, it was pursued with dedication and ambition, drawing on the same developmental mindset that drove the country’s approach to fossil-fuelled industrialisation in the latter half of the 20th century.

The Korean way towards green growth | East Asia Forum

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S.Korea’s disgraced ex-president Park freed after nearly 5 years in prison (Hyonhee Shin, Reuters)

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was released from prison on Friday nearly five years after being convicted of corruption, fuelling debate over whether she would play any role ahead of a March presidential election.

S.Korea’s disgraced ex-president Park freed after nearly 5 years in prison | Reuters

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S Korea’s ex-president Park freed after nearly 5 years in prison (Al Jazeera)

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was released from prison on Friday nearly five years after being convicted of corruption, fuelling debate over whether she would play any role ahead of a March presidential election.

Park, 69, was the country’s first democratically elected leader to be thrown out of office when the Constitutional Court upheld a parliamentary vote in 2017 to impeach her over a scandal that also led to the imprisonment of the chiefs of two conglomerates, Samsung and Lotte.

S Korea’s ex-president Park freed after nearly 5 years in prison | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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