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Our final look back at 2015: mainly domestic news stories from South Korea. In the news After 62 years of adultery being a criminal offence in the ROK, the constitutional court decided to decriminalise it by a vote of 7 to 2.  Four out of ten married Korean males heaved a sigh of relief  and shares […]

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Looking back at 2015: DPRK and regional news

by Philip Gowman 8 January 2016
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In our third review of 2015, we look at some of the North Korea related news, and stories which put the peninsula in a wider East Asian context. DPRK Human rights and defectors Shin Dong-hyuk, the most prominent campaigner among the defector community, admitted that some of his testimony (eg, in Escape from Camp 14) […]

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EU-ROK FTA used in pro-EU campaign

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2015
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Interesting to see how the pro-Europe lobby are targeting Korean interests to support their cause. @lklinks, our Twitter account, was recently tagged by @euromove, who describe themselves as “the biggest grassroots, independent, nationwide organisation making the case for the UK’s membership of the EU”, in the below tweet. Also tagged, somewhat bizarrely, were the London […]

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UK-Korea Relations – A Talk by Thomas Harris KBE

by Matthew Jackson 2 July 2014
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The talk on UK-Korea relations by Sir Thomas Harris KBE CMG, held at Gresham College on Friday 27th of June, was both a stimulating and ultimately uplifting account of the diplomatic and economic interactions between the two countries before and after the Korean War. Amongst his various international posts as a businessman and diplomat, Sir […]

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Clifford Chance to be the first foreign law firm in Korea?

by Philip Gowman 16 February 2012
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UK law firm Clifford Chance is at the head of the pack as potentially the first foreign firm to get a Korean legal licence from the Ministry of Justice: http://t.co/HcQTKXDz Keywords: General post tags: FTA

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A look back at 2011 – part 3

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2011
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In the final part of our look back at 2011, we summarise some of the news stories which caught our eye. China This year the region’s biggest economy continued flexing its muscles: it conducted the first test flight of its new stealth fighter, announced that it had deployed stealth missile speedboats in the East China […]

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GNP braves tear gas to pass FTA

by Philip Gowman 22 November 2011
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Can’t help thinking that this was totally the right thing to do: GNP defy opposition tear gas to vote through FTA http://t.co/MqqFDLkr Keywords: General post tags: FTA

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US Congress approves KORUS FTA

by Philip Gowman 13 October 2011
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US Congress finally passes the Korea-US FTA. Never thought it would happen. Nice present for President Lee on his visit to USA. But now comes the hard part: will Korea’s DP also say yes? http://t.co/whNpBbPi Keywords: General post tags: FTA

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Tesco to celebrate FTA by bringing kimchi to Koreatown

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2011
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As the ratification of the US-Korea seems to bumble on interminably, the EU-Korea treaty comes into effect on 1 July. To celebrate, Tesco is running a “Taste of Korea” promotion during July. Tesco is huge in Korea, which is the firm’s second biggest presence after the UK, with £5 billion in revenues and 354 stores: […]

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Opportunities for UK with FTA

by Philip Gowman 20 May 2011
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Via @UKinKorea: EU-Korea FTA: Read JoongAng Ilbo interview with British firms on what the FTA means for Scotch whisky and British legal services in Korea: http://bit.ly/ke0Xdb Keywords: General post tags: FTA

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A last look back at 2010

by Philip Gowman 23 January 2011
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We’ve digested the albums, films, sporting events and books of the year, and reviewed some of the memorable stories of 2010 in our Quiz of the Year. Here are some of the other things we noted in 2010 which didn’t quite make it into any of those articles. 2010: a year of anniversaries It was […]

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FTA will be signed in October – scotch whisky to benefit

by Philip Gowman 16 September 2010
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EU-ROK FTA to be signed on 6 October at a Brussels summit, says BBC. Scotch Whisky could be a big winner, with its current 20% import duty phased out over three years. http://bbc.in/9TRQOC # Keywords: General post tags: Alcohol consumption | FTA

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FTA brings new opportunities for British companies in Korea

by Peter Corbishley 18 March 2010
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Monday 15th March 2010 was the first public UK speech of the new ambassador Choo Kyu Ho, which he made before 150 business people at the launch of the UKTI report “South Korea Open for Business – 100 Opportunities for UK Companies in South Korea following the EU–South Korea Free Trade Agreement.” The agreement, though […]

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