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  • South Korea Giving Philippine Navy A Free Ship As Tensions Rise With China

    06/22/2014 10:26:46 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | JUN. 6, 2014 | AFP
    South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions -- particularly with China -- over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said Thursday. The "Pohang-class corvette" will be decommissioned by the end of the year and donated to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said in a statement issued this week. It was unclear if the donation would include the ship's weapons systems. South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwang-jin informed his Filipino counterpart Voltaire Gazmin of the donation during his visit to Seoul on May 30, the statement added....
  • Woman Eats for 100 People Every Day… Weighs Only 48kg (100lbs)

    06/21/2014 11:36:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    South Korea’s current fetish with ‘watching people eat’, or ‘dinner porn’ as the crazy is now known has uncovered a new star. The dinner porn craze involves no sex of course, but simply watching other people eat – online, on TV, wherever. According to a report on asiaone.com, quoting Elite Daily, Tae Ryun Huh is the new and emerging Korean sensation. No just because she eats, but because of how much she eats. And then this amazing fact – the school worker weighs 48kg. Tae Ryun Huh invited TV cameras to watch her eat and the South Korean show discovered...
  • Israel bids for $1.4 bil. refueling tankers (South Korea)

    06/12/2014 9:04:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2014-06-12
    IAI's refuel tanker By Jun Ji-hye Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is moving to join the competition to win a contract to supply the nation's Air Force with four in-flight refueling tankers. IAI's participation is creating a three-way battle, along with Boeing and Airbus, who are also bidding to win the 1.4 trillion won ($1.4 billion) acquisition project. The Israeli company held a media briefing session in Seoul Wednesday and stressed that its B767 MMTT (Multi Mission Tanker Transport) is the comprehensive solution to the air ability of the Air Force. "The IAI is proposing the pre-owned B767-300ER to be the...
  • Hoax? Chinese Man Stranded in S Korea After Son Defaces Passport

    06/07/2014 6:56:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-06-06
    A Chinese man is reportedly stuck in South Korea after his four-year-old son made some creative additions to his passport, leaving him unable to return home — though there is also suspicion that the clickbait story may be a hoax. Photos posted by the man on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, showed the passport page rendered nearly unrecognizable with what appears to be scribbles made using a black felt-tip pen. The man's eyes and mouth in the passport photo were given artificial enhancements along with extra facial hair all around the head. There were also what looked like additional...
  • S. Korea introduces female-only parking spaces—they're larger, w/ pink outlines & a miniskirt logo

    05/31/2014 4:22:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | May 27, 2014 | Kwon Mee-yoo
    Practical or patronizing? South Korea is spending mega-money on creating larger car parking spaces for women. Capital city Seoul is introducing "lady-friendly" spots reserved exclusively for female drivers, the Korea Times reports. Wider and longer than regular spots, they will be closer to elevators and marked out with pink mini-skirted logos. It's not yet known, however, if men will be fined if busted for using them. Korea Times reports the initiative is part of a nearly $700 million push to make the metropolis more female-friendly over four years. Other projects include installing 7,000 new women-only toilets, and the resurfacing of...
  • What really caused the Korean ferry to sink?

    04/28/2014 9:20:06 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 28 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/28/14 | Dan Stevens
    On April 16 in clear weather and calm seas, the South Korean ferry SEWOL listed and sank within two hours, trapping almost 150 innocent victims in her hull. She sank in half the time it took for the TITANIC, which had a fatal gash below its water-line. To date, media reports have focused on rescue and recovery of the victims, which continues as of this writing. Investigators have mostly speculated that the tragedy was the result of cargo shifting during a sharp turn which caused the ferry to list, then capsize and sink below the water. There has been zero...
  • South Korean PM offers to resign over ferry disaster

    04/27/2014 7:53:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04/27/2014 | By Tom Phillips
    South Korea's Prime Minister, Chung Hong-won, offered to resign on Sunday following withering criticism of the government’s handling of a ferry disaster that has plunged a nation into mourning and claimed at least 188 lives. The Sewol ferry was carrying 476 people, the majority schoolchildren, when it sank on April 16 while travelling to the tourist island of Jeju off the country’s southwest coast. By Sunday the official death toll stood at 188 with at least 114 still missing. Amid mounting criticism of the government’s response, Chung Hong-won, the Prime Minister, offered his resignation, apologising, “for many problems from the...
  • South Korea’s prime minister offers to resign over ferry disaster

    04/26/2014 8:05:27 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 39 replies
    SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea's prime minister offered to resign Sunday over the government's handling of a deadly ferry sinking, blaming "deep-rooted evils" and irregularities in a society for a tragedy that has left more than 300 people dead or missing and led to widespread shame, fury and finger-pointing.
  • It's ALL, COMPLETELY, About Him (Obama, natch. Vanity)

    04/24/2014 1:09:30 PM PDT · by JennysCool · 4 replies
    Irritating Email Site News Ticker | 4-24-14 | None Listed
  • Obama goes stag to Asia, and Japanese don't like it (+video)

    04/23/2014 9:02:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 22, 2014 | Howard LaFranchi
    Obama travels to Japan without the first lady, and Japanese tongues are wagging about what that says about Japan's place on the US priority list. After all, Michelle Obama and daughters recently went to (gasp!) China. ... Now on the eve of Mr. Obama’s state visit to Tokyo this week, Japan is back to openly fretting about its place on America’s priority list – particularly in comparison to rising rival China. The reason? When Obama arrives Wednesday evening, he’ll disembark Air Force One solo – without first lady Michelle Obama. Obama will be the first US president to come to...
  • "Why Do Judges Execute Innocent…Children?"

    04/20/2014 8:20:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | Kevin McCullough
    Headlines reported it: South Korean ferry with 300 school children aboard--sunk. Missing children likely drowned inside the ferry. The captain has been arrested, and he is attempting to justify the rationale he used in telling the people not to abandon ship. Every parent around the world that ever sent their baby off on a school field trip identified with the emotional distraught the parents of those children are feeling. The worst part was hearing some of the final text messages read on the evening news. "This will be the last time I can tell you mom, 'I love you!'" I...
  • Vice-principal of South Korea school in ferry disaster commits suicide

    04/18/2014 6:47:34 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04-18-2014 | Jungmin Jang
    The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 268 missing alive. The Sewol, carrying 475 passengers and crew, capsized on Wednesday on a journey from the port of Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju. Kang Min-gyu, 52, had been missing since Thursday. He appeared to have hanged himself with his belt from a tree outside a gym in the port city of Jindo where relatives of the people missing on the ship, mostly...
  • Report: Only 1 of 46 lifeboats was deployed

    04/17/2014 5:25:46 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 21 replies
    KTVQ ^ | April 17, 2014 | CNN
    Jindo, South Korea (CNN) -- There were 46 lifeboats on the sunken South Korean ferry -- but only one was deployed, CNN affiliate YTN reported Thursday. CNN has not been able to independently confirm the report. If true, the report will add to the anger and desperation of families still waiting for word on the fate of 287 missing passengers. Video acquired by another affiliate JTBC showed at least 12 of the white survival capsules still attached to the ferry even as it was keeled over in the water. The survival capsules hold lifeboats.... At one point or another, the...
  • Survivors tell of panic on board as ferry tilts, then capsizes

    04/16/2014 3:42:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 -- Updated 1142 GMT | Frances Cha and Madison Park,
    Shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, passenger Kim Sung-Mook was eating breakfast in the ship's main hall when he felt a tilt, he told CNN affiliate YTN. At first, "we thought it was because of the tide," he said. The waves had been smooth until the ship suddenly leaned, witnesses said. The ship tilted further, and an announcement blared through loudspeakers warning passengers that moving would be dangerous. Then, he heard a loud bang from inside the ship. Kim said he thought a crane on board had toppled over. When seawater started gushing into the ferry, passengers began to scramble.
  • Rescuers search dark, cold sea for survivors of shipwreck off South Korea

    04/16/2014 8:21:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014
    Military dive teams worked the dark, cold waters of the Yellow Sea on Wednesday night in a desperate effort to find nearly 300 people who remained missing after the ferry they were taking to a South Korean island resort sank with breathtaking speed. -excerpt- The bulk of those aboard were students and teachers from Seoul's Ansan Danwon High School heading to a four-day trip to Jeju, a resort island considered the Hawaii of Korea. More than 300 students and more than a dozen teachers from the school were on board, according to officials.
  • Rescuers Race to Find Survivors of South Korean Ferry Sinking

    04/16/2014 5:08:04 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 16, 2014 | ALASTAIR GALE, KWANWOO JUN and IN-SOO NAM
    SEOUL—South Korea said almost 300 people remain missing after a passenger ferry sank early Wednesday near the country's southwest coast. Rescue services raced to find survivors from the ship, which quickly rolled over and may have trapped passengers inside. Two bodies have been recovered from the site. Officials said the cause of the disaster hadn't been determined.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Korean Cruise Ship Sinks - 260 lost

    04/15/2014 7:09:53 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 89 replies
    Chinese Dragon TV | 4/15/2014 | Chinese Dragon TV
    It has just been reported that a Korean cruise ship with 450 aboard has sunk. Only 190 are reported to have been saved- many high schoolers aboard.
  • Another South Korean superlative: Most draft dodgers in prison

    04/09/2014 7:37:18 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 13 replies
    CSM via Yahoo! ^ | April 8, 2014 | Donald Kirk
    Kim Ji-gwan has a succinct explanation for why he, his father, and two brothers all chose to go to jail rather than be drafted into the South Korean armed forces. “It is very simple,” says Mr. Kim, chatting in a coffee shop in the city’s posh Kangnam district. “Jesus commanded all his followers to love your neighbor.” In the past, the US and many other countries accepted religious beliefs as grounds for opting out of military service. Not so South Korea, where men still serve a minimum of 21 months in the military. The UN Human Rights Council reports that...
  • S.Korea plans $1.3-bln tanker aircraft buy to boost air defence

    03/31/2014 9:24:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 31, 2014 | Joyce Lee
    (Reuters) - South Korea on Monday kicked off the process to buy four in-flight refuelling tanker aircraft, in a deal seen to be worth around 1.4 trillion won ($1.31 billion), with planemakers Boeing and Airbus expected to compete, sources said. The purchase is part of South Korea's attempts to bolster its air defence in the face of rising tension in Northeast Asia over the maritime interests of neighbours such as Japan and China, as well as against an unpredictable North Korea. The purchase will be made through a competitive bid process and bids will be accepted by June 30, arms...
  • Residents of South Korean Border Town Taken To Shelter

    03/30/2014 9:31:41 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 31 replies
    Residents of a south Korean Border Town have taken shelter after the North began firing on them.
  • FA-50 sale to Philippines closer to completion

    02/21/2014 12:26:21 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 2014-02-21 | Kang Seung-woo
    Philippine President Benigno Aquino has approved a payment plan to acquire 12 Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50 light combat aircraft, a local media outlet said, Friday. The nation’s lone airplane manufacturer also confirmed the report. KAI has teamed up with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) to sell the aircraft through a government-to-government program, estimated at $420 million (451 billion won). According to the report by the Star, the Philippines’ defense department is seeking to complete negotiations with KAI within the week. “We have sights on finalizing the contract by the end of March,”...
  • Olympic figure skating star hailed as example for Catholics

    02/17/2014 5:12:51 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    cna ^ | February 16, 2014 | Addie Mena
    Kim Yuna waves to crowds while wearing her rosary ring in New York City, May 4, 2010. Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images for Time Inc. Washington D.C., Feb 16, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Olympian and international skating superstar Kim Yuna is a role model not only of dedication and athleticism but also an example of how to live the faith publicly, a fan says.   Seminarian for the Archdiocese of Detroit and blog writer Evan Pham told CNA on Feb. 11 that he was struck by Kim's simple act of praying on ice during the 2010...
  • Leftist lawmaker gets 12-year prison term for rebellion plot

    02/17/2014 12:31:44 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 11 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | Feb 17 | Staff
    SUWON, South Korea, Feb. 17 (Yonhap) -- In a landmark ruling, a district court Monday sentenced a left-wing lawmaker to 12 years in prison for plotting an armed rebellion against the South Korean government in case of an inter-Korean war. Rep. Lee Seok-ki, affiliated with the minor opposition Unified Progressive Party (UPP), was found guilty of conspiring with members of a clandestine organization to topple the Seoul government if a war with North Korea broke out. The Suwon District Court in Suwon, south of Seoul, also stripped the 52-year-old legislator of his civic rights, such as suffrage, for 10 years...
  • Korean Choppers to Be Armed with Israeli Missiles

    01/09/2014 9:44:28 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | Jan. 06, 2014
    More Israeli-made Spike missiles with the maximum range of 25 km will be installed in maritime helicopters ready for deployment next year. Several Spike missiles are already installed on vehicles defending the northwesternmost islands. But the new lot will be mounted on Wildcat maritime choppers to be purchased over the next two years, an official with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Friday. "We've recently struck a deal with the Israeli manufacturer of the missile." The Spike missile is allegedly capable of hitting a window-size target 25 km away guided by infrared. An officer said the missile can hit the...
  • US sending extra combat unit to South Korea

    01/07/2014 6:09:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The U.S. is sending an additional Army combat force of 800 soldiers to South Korea with tanks and armored troop carriers. A brief Pentagon announcement said the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment from the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, will deploy to two locations in South Korea on Feb. 1....
  • South Korea's F-15K the best fighter in NE Asia: report

    12/24/2013 2:02:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2013-12-10
    The F-15K Slam Eagle of the Republic of Korea Air Force is currently considered the most advanced fighter in Northeast Asia when compared to its Chinese and Japanese counterparts, the Hong Kong-based Ta Kung Pao reports. After Beijing established its air defense identification zone on Nov. 23, tensions between China, Japan and South Korea have heightened over the disputed East China Sea. There are disputes between China and Japan over the Diaoyutai (called the Diaoyu in China, the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyutai in Taiwan), between China and South Korea over Socotra Rock (called Ieodo in South Korea and...
  • North Korea issues threat to South Korea to ‘strike mercilessly without notice’—by FAX

    12/22/2013 2:32:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 07:17 EST, 21 December 2013 | Jill Reilly
    North Korea has sent a fax to South Korea threatening to “strike mercilessly without notice” after protests against the secretive regime. The message warned that North Korea would strike if “the provocation against our highest dignity is to be repeated in the downtown of Seoul.” The fax addresses protests earlier this week in which conservative protesters rallied in Seoul, burning effigies of the country’s leaders as well as its flag during an anti-North Korean rally on the second death anniversary of former leader Kim Jong Il. …
  • Korea exports 24 attack jets to Iraq

    12/12/2013 12:33:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2013-12-12 | Kang Seung-woo and Joint Press Corps
    By Kang Seung-woo and Joint Press Corps BAGHDAD ― Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed a $1.1 billion (1.1 trillion won) contract to sell 24 FA-50 light attack aircraft to Iraq, Thursday, the most lucrative defense export deal by local players. In Baghdad, KAI CEO Ha Sung-yong and Iraqi Prime Minster Nouri al-Maliki signed the deal. The Korean defense contractor is set to deliver the jets between October 2015 and October 2016. In addition, the two sides are on the verge of reaching another agreement including pilot training and logistical support with an estimated value of $1 billion. “The contract is...
  • Korea plans to double Aegis power

    12/01/2013 9:19:48 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2013-12-01 | Kim Tae-gyu
    By Kim Tae-gyu Korea plans to build three more Aegis destroyers to double the total number to six at a time when the country faces multiple challenges including the North Korean threats and lingering territorial disputes with both Japan and China. A military source who is familiar with the issue said Sunday the decision to augment the Navy would be made during a Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) meeting slated for Dec. 22. “The Navy requested three additional Aegis ships a year ago and the JCS was poised to discuss the issue at last month’s meeting,” said the source who...
  • Korea to purchase 4 airborne tankers

    11/27/2013 10:48:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 2013-11-27 | Kang Seung-woo
    Korea will purchase four in-flight refueling tankers from 2017, the nation’s arms procurement agency said Wednesday. The decision comes amid the growing importance of improved airborne operations due to China’s self-declared controversial Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). According to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the military decision-making committee, chaired by Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, decided to import four aerial refueling tankers. It usually takes two to three years before finalizing the delivery of four aircraft. “We intend to give public notice of a bid in January 2014 and select a final bidder within the same year after going through...
  • South Korea to obtain 40 F-35As

    11/22/2013 10:07:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Flight Global Pro ^ | 11/23/2013 | GREG WALDRON
    South Korea will obtain 40 Lockheed Martin F-35A fighters under its F-X III requirement. A report by state news agency Yonhap quotes the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as saying that Seoul will obtain 40 F-35s starting in 2018, with an option to buy 20 more aircraft. The deal will be conducted through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales mechanism. "The F-35A will be used as a strategic weapon to gain a competitive edge and defeat the enemy in the early stage of war," Yonhap quotes the JCS as saying. "The South Korean military will also use the aircraft...
  • S. Korea Joint Chiefs set to back deal for 40 Lockheed F-35s -sources

    11/15/2013 9:03:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Nov 15, 2013 | ANDREA SHALAL-ESA
    Nov 15 (Reuters) - South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff were expected to endorse an "all F-35 buy" of 40 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets and an option for 20 more at a meeting on Nov. 22, two sources familiar with the competition said on Friday. The Joint Chiefs' decision must be approved by a committee chaired by the South Korean defense minister at a meeting in early December, according to the sources, who declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly. A decision by the Joint Chiefs to purchase only F-35s would be a...
  • Putin says gas pipeline from Russia to South Korea still possible

    11/12/2013 6:31:11 PM PST · by TexGrill · 6 replies
    Platts ^ | 11/12/2013 | Platts
    Construction of a natural gas pipeline from Russia to South Korea is still possible despite obvious difficulties in its implementation and the development of new Russian LNG projects aimed at Asian exports, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. Russia is actively developing LNG projects, including in the northern Yamal Peninsula and in its Far Eastern regions, in the proximity to South Korea, but supplies of pipeline gas to this Asian country are also possible, Putin said in an interview with South Korea's KBS, broadcast by state-run Russian 24 TV network. One of the option to organize pipeline gas supplies is to...
  • [South Texas:]South Korean man jailed in to plot to smuggle Asian immigrants

    11/07/2013 1:16:20 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    KGBT ^ | November 07, 2013 | Sergio Chapa
    A South Korean man is behind bars in the Rio Grande Valley after being arrested in a failed to plot to smuggle Asian immigrants. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 53-year-old Gwang Jun Han in Brownsville on Sunday evening. Federal court records show Han was involved in a disturbance with two men. Brownsville police detained three illegal immigrants from China and another one from South Korea at the scene. Border Patrol agents learned that one man at the scene had paid Han to smuggle two of his adult children from China. Han appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan in Brownsville...
  • Former US air chief says S.Korea needs F-15 and F-35 fighters

    11/04/2013 10:27:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 4, 2013
    Nov 4 (Reuters) - A retired top U.S. Air Force general on Monday said South Korea will need Boeing Co F-15 fighter jets in the short term since Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 will not be able to carry a full load of weapons until after South Korea needs to replace its aging F-4 and F-5 fighters. Ron Fogleman, who works as a consultant to Boeing and also heads the board of Alliant Techsystems Inc, a big F-35 supplier, said South Korea would eventually need some F-35s, with their greater "stealth" or ability to evade enemy radar. But Boeing's F-15 offered...
  • PICTURES: KAI shows off two designs for KFX fighter

    10/30/2013 7:08:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flight Global Pro ^ | 29 Oct 2013 | GREG WALDRON
    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has displayed two conceptual models for the country’s proposed KFX indigenous fighter programme at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition. One model represents KAI’s in-house proposal for the programme, while the other represents the ambitions of Seoul’s Agency for Defense Development (ADD). KAI’s proposal is for a single-engined aircraft based largely on systems developed for the country’s T-50 advanced jet trainer. The company feels that this approach would be more cost effective and draw from its experience with the T-50, which had extensive design input from Lockheed Martin. Greg Waldron/Flightglobal The ADD concept is a...
  • Remote medical care by smartphone to be legal (South Korea)

    10/30/2013 12:40:06 AM PDT · by TexGrill
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 10/30/2013 | Park Eun-jee
    The Ministry of Health and Welfare said yesterday it will allow doctors to perform remote-patient monitoring and treatment via telecommunications technology in 2015 to extend care to patients in far-flung areas. Remote monitoring is allowed for a limited number of diseases, but the ministry prohibits health care professionals from delivering treatment via telecommunications. “The advancement in technology signals that it’s high time to embrace telemedicine,” said Kwon Deok-cheol, a director of the ministry’s health care policy division, during a briefing. “Remote treatment will give us greater access to people in remote areas. It can also help doctors better assist patients...
  • China's Back-Door Natural Gas Supply

    10/26/2013 8:35:46 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | Thu, 24 October 2013 14:07 | By Dave Forest
    One of the most critical changes in global energy flows happened this week. China inaugurated a 2,500 kilometre pipe to carry natural gas and oil from the Indian Ocean across Myanmar in southeast Asia and into southwest Yunnan province. The gas portion of the line became fully operational this week. The line is expected to carry over 1 billion cubic feet of gas per day into China. The twin oil line is expected to follow. This massive development has several key implications for the global energy balance. Myanmar's significant offshore natural gas reserves (and growing production) now have a "go-to"...
  • Exclusive: South Korea nearing decision to buy F-35 fighters

    10/23/2013 1:22:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Oct 23, 2013 | Andrea Shalal-Esa and Joyce Lee
    WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is nearing a decision to buy some Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, but will likely keep its options open for a limited purchase of Boeing Co's F-15, sources familiar with the country's fighter competition said on Wednesday. South Korean officials could announce their plans as early as November to secure the funding needed to ensure initial deliveries of the F-35 in 2017, according to multiple sources who were not authorized to speak publicly. They cautioned that the decisions were not yet final, and an announcement could still be postponed if the decision-making process hits...
  • Korea to Get 1st Nude Beach

    10/22/2013 8:38:02 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 44 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/23/2013 | Chosun Ilbo
    Korea is to get its first nude beach on the east coast in Gangwon Province. The Gangwon provincial government on Tuesday said it wants to set up the nude beach by 2017 to invigorate tourism. The site will be selected from recommendations or in a competition next year. It will open in 2017 once facilities have been installed and access to outsiders restricted. The regional government wants to benchmark popular nude beaches abroad.
  • S.Korea's Hyundai ships naphtha via Arctic sea route

    10/22/2013 6:02:28 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | 10/22/2013 | AsiaOne
    SEOUL - South Korea has taken delivery of its first cargo shipped by a Korean firm via the Northern Sea route, as the government looks to increase use of the new shipping route opened up through the Arctic. A vessel chartered by Hyundai Glovis took 35 days to deliver a 44,000 ton cargo of naphtha from Port Ust Luga in Russia to Gwangyan Port, about 350 km (220 miles) south of Seoul, arriving late Monday, the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said on Tuesday. Cargoes of coal, diesel and gas have made the trip through the new route opened...
  • China Asked Korea Not to Sell Jets to Philippines

    10/21/2013 12:30:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | Oct. 21, 2013
    China Asked Korea Not to Sell Jets to Philippines China asked Korea not to sell FA-50 fighter jets to the Philippines, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Saturday. The daily said Beijing made the request ahead of a summit in Seoul between President Park Geun-hye and Philippines President Benigno Aquino on Oct. 17. Korea declined, saying it cannot accept "interference" in arms exports, an issue of its national interest, according to the daily. In their meeting, Park thanked Aquino for Manila’s decision to buy the FA-50 jets and urged a speedy signing of the contract. A government official here said, "The Philippines...
  • Palestinian Girl Finds Hope Through K-Pop

    10/17/2013 11:06:16 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 13 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/18/2013 | Chosun Ilbo
    A Palestinian girl has won the top prize at an essay contest held by Korea University. In an essay describing her reflections on how she became a fan of Korean pop music and dramas, Samir Maisa (19), a student at Al Quds University in Palestine, wrote, "I heard a saying that there are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. I decided to choose the latter." She said that Korean dramas appeared in her life one day like a "miracle" to give her...
  • ‘Eco-friendly’ labels are often fake (South Korea)

    10/16/2013 11:28:01 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 10/17/2013 | Min Kyung-hwon
    A massive fraud in local governments’ certifications of supposedly eco-friendly food products was investigated and public servants indicted, the prosecution said yesterday. The Seoul Western District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday announced the result of its investigation into alleged corruption in eco-friendly food product certifications. A 59-year-old deputy governor of Jangseong County in South Jeolla was indicted on charges of falsifying public records and dereliction of duty. Ten other people face prosecution in similiar schemes and all 11 are being detained until trials. The prosecutors said it will press charges against 15 others without detaining them. According to the prosecution, the deputy...
  • South Korea pushes to build three more Aegis destroyers

    10/16/2013 2:18:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | 2013/10/16 | By Kim Eun-jung
    SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean Navy has made a request to build three more Aegis destroyers to bolster defense against its Asian neighbors and North Korea amid increasing military tension due to territorial disputes, a military source said Wednesday. South Korea currently operates three 7,600-ton Aegis warships, but the Navy has sought to increase its fleet to cope with rising regional tension in light of Pyongyang's third nuclear test conducted earlier this year and ongoing territorial disputes between China and Japan. "The Navy made a request for three additional Aegis ships to the Joint Chiefs of Staff...
  • Asia wants a piece of U.S. shale gas boom ...

    10/15/2013 8:25:12 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/15/2013 | Chico Harlan
    DAEGU, South Korea — Asia’s large-scale gas importers, long saddled with premium prices, say a cheaper alternative lies several thousand feet below North American soil, where companies are unlocking enormous gas reserves from shale rock. The shale boom has already revolutionized the gas market in the United States and Canada, giving both countries not only a reliable domestic supply but also the ability to sell overseas. Asian utility and gas company executives, speaking this week at a global energy forum here, have said that North America’s gas wealth could prove nearly as transformative across the world, leading to the first...
  • U.S. Academic Warns of 'Hasty' Troop Control Transfer (South Korea)

    10/10/2013 10:00:23 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 5 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/11/2013 | Chosun Ilbo
    Full operational control of South Korean troops should not be handed over to Seoul in haste and out of political considerations, a U.S. academic says. Michael O'Hanlon, a fellow at the conservative Brookings Institution, made the recommendation in an article titled "Don't Rush the U.S.-Korea Command Change" on Tuesday. "In Korea, our preeminent concerns need to be unity of command and effectiveness of our combined deterrent against a still very potent North Korean threat," he said. "Ensuring fair burden-sharing is not the principal prism through which this issue should be viewed." The original decision was a political one, because then-President...
  • Nation celebrates Korean alphabet's creation on 567th Hangul Day

    10/11/2013 8:14:37 PM PDT · by pluvmantelo · 15 replies
    Arirang News ^ | OCT 09, 2013 | Park Ji-wo
    Some 3-thousand citizens, cultural leaders. and Prime Minister Chung Hong-won gathered in central Seoul for a national ceremony, marking the 567th anniversary of the invention and proclamation of Hangul, the Korean alphabet. "Hangul is the world's only writing system that has been proclaimed with a clear purpose and created with scientific principles. Its scientific superiority is globally acknowledged and it is a piece of world heritage for humankind." At the ceremony, six individuals and two groups were given national awards of merit for their contributions to research and promotion of the Korean language, followed by performances celebrating the event. This...
  • South Korea seeks stealth jet edge while North's MiGs age

    09/25/2013 11:54:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 25, 2013 | Joyce Lee and Ju-min Park
    South Korea seeks stealth jet edge while North's MiGs age (Reuters) - South Korea's decision to reject a bid by Boeing (BA.N) to supply 60 warplanes and to re-issue a tender was made in the interests of stealth technology but may not be justified given North Korea's weak air capabilities, experts said. Lockheed Martin's (LMT.N) F-35A, previously considered too expensive, has shot to the front of the race for a multi-billion dollar deal after the Defence Ministry singled out a fifth-generation fighter as the preferred option. Boeing's F-15 Silent Eagle, the only bid within budget, had been poised to win...
  • ANALYSIS: Seoul’s F-X III backdown raises thorny questions about competition

    09/25/2013 1:06:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 25/09/13 | Greg Waldro
    ANALYSIS: Seoul’s F-X III backdown raises thorny questions about competition Seoul’s decision to re-tender the F-X III competition for 60 fighters raises questions about the viability of a revised process, and greatly enhances the Lockheed Martin F-35’s chances of securing the deal. After announcing its decision not to move forward with an F-15 Silent Eagle acquisition, Seoul’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has yet to clarify how it plans to replace the South Korean air force’s McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms and Northrop F-5s. In an email to Flightglobal, Boeing was quick to register its dismay at Seoul’s announcement. “Boeing is...