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Factbox: An intensifying arms race in Asia

Analysts warn that Asia may be sliding into an accelerating arms race as countries react to China's military growth. Here is a list of defence systems several Asian countries are looking to acquire.
Global Europe 16-09-2021

EU aims for bigger diplomatic weight on Indo-Pacific matters

The European Union outlined on Thursday (16 September) a new strategy for raising its presence in the Indo-Pacific and counter China's increasing influence in the region, which has become the latest arena of the international geopolitical race.
Global Europe 28-07-2021

North, South Korea in talks over summit, reopening liaison office

North and South Korea are in talks to reopen a joint liaison office that Pyongyang demolished last year and hold a summit as part of efforts to restore relations, three South Korean government sources with knowledge of the matter said.
Global Europe 27-07-2021

South, North Korea have restored hotlines as leaders seek to rebuild ties

South and North Korea have restored hotlines that Pyongyang severed a year ago when ties deteriorated sharply, with renewed efforts by the two countries' leaders to rebuild relations, the South's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday (27 July).
Global Europe 03-05-2021

Blinken in UK as G7 foreign ministers discuss in-person Russia, China

Britain this week hosts the first face-to-face meeting of G7 foreign ministers in two years, joined by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as world powers tackle pandemic recovery plus growing tensions with Russia and China.
Energy 29-10-2020

South Korea mirrors European Green Deal with net-zero pledge for 2050

President Moon Jae-in has announced South Korea will commit to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 as part of a "Green New Deal" that closely mirrors commitments made by the European Union. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
China 04-06-2020

UK in 5G talks with suppliers from Japan, South Korea

British officials have discussed supplies of 5G networking equipment with companies in South Korea and Japan as part of a bid to develop alternatives to China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
Global Europe 24-05-2020

Byung-Chul Han: COVID-19 has reduced us to a ‘society of survival’

“Survival will become an absolute, as though we were living in a permanent state of war”. That is how South Korean philosopher Byung-Chul Han described the world after COVID-19, in an interview with Efe: “a society of survival that loses all sense of the good life”, one where “enjoyment is also sacrificed for health”.
China 30-04-2020

Trump says China wants him to lose his bid for re-election

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (29 April) he believes China’s handling of the coronavirus is proof that Beijing “will do anything they can” to make him lose his re-election bid in November.
Coronavirus 16-03-2020

Commitment, transparency pay off as South Korea limits COVID-19 spread

Just three weeks after South Korea's coronavirus cases soared to the second-highest number in the world, the Asian nation has managed to bring the contagion largely under control thanks to a response that combines transparency, the latest technology and a responsible approach by institutions and citizens.EURACTIV's media partner EFE reports.
Health 13-03-2020

Italy and South Korea virus outbreaks reveal disparity in deaths and tactics

In Italy, millions are locked down and more than 1,000 people have died from the coronavirus. In South Korea, hit by the disease at about the same time, only a few thousand are quarantined and 67 people have died.
Global Europe 24-02-2020

Global spread of coronavirus raises pandemic fears

Fears mounted on Monday (24 February) that the coronavirus outbreak in China will grow into a pandemic with disruptive and deadly consequences for countries around the world, after sharp rises in infections in South Korea, Italy and Iran.

UN Climate Fund to make funding green projects easier

The board of the UN Green Climate Fund is meeting from 6 to 8 July in Songdo, South Korea. The board is set on heralding a "paradigm shift" in climate financing and intends to accelerate the decision-making process to boost the fund's replenishment. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Plateforme pétrolière en mer Baltique, 2008. [Andrew/Flickr]
Energy 11-06-2019

UK-South Korea deal seeks to calm Brexit anxiety in oil markets

A UK-South Korea trade deal announced Monday (10 June) guarantees future exemption from oil tariffs following a spate of dry months without crude imports coming from Britain's North Sea fields.
Central Asia 24-11-2018

Brussels ministerial paves the way to launching EU Central Asia strategy

The European Union is expected to define its strategy for Central Asia in early 2019. A preparatory meeting between the EU and the foreign ministers of the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) took place in Brussels on Friday (23 November).
Economy & Jobs 19-10-2018

Putting the EU-South Korea partnership to work

The EU-South Korea summit taking place today (18 October) symbolises the EU's close and multifaceted partnership with South Korea. Yet, Brussels and Seoul should take some practical steps to strengthen their relationship, argue Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Linde Desmaele and Maximilian Ernst.
Global Europe 27-04-2018

Time for the EU to give Korean peace a chance

A formal end to the Korean War bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula is now firmly on the cards, and the EU should be brave and decisively support this peace process. Otherwise, Brussels risks being on the wrong side of history, warns Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo.
Central Europe 20-03-2018

Political analyst: In Central Asia, the personality factor is very important

A change at the helm of Uzbekistan 18 months ago became a game-changer and greatly improved relations in Central Asia, where the personality factor remains very important. In an interview, researcher Anastassiya Reshetnyak assesses the geopolitical situation, relations in the region and with the EU.

Trump says North Korea’s Kim promises to give up nuclear weapons, plans first-ever meeting

US President Donald Trump said he was prepared to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in what would be the first face-to-face encounter between the two countries’ leaders and potentially mark a major breakthrough in nuclear tensions with Pyongyang. Kim...
Global Europe 09-03-2018

Trump signs sweeping tariffs, defying trade war warnings

US President Donald Trump slapped steep trade tariffs on foreign steel and aluminium yesterday (8 March), drawing sharp protests from allies at home and abroad as the contentious move raised the spectre of a global trade war.

The EU is irrelevant in the Korean Peninsula, right? Wrong

Despite having no military presence or alliances, and very modest economic links with North Korea, the EU plays a large role in the Korean Peninsula, argues Ramon Pacheco Pardo.    
Global Europe 15-08-2017

EU calls for ‘peaceful, not military’ solution to Korea crisis

The European Union's foreign policy chief on Monday (14 August) called for "peaceful, not military" means to resolve the Korean peninsula crisis, urging Pyongyang to avoid any "further provocative action" that could stoke tensions.
Energy 14-08-2017

Coal expansion plans up in smoke as Europe realises mistake

Substantial coal power expansion in Europe has been significantly scaled back in recent years after utility companies realised they bet on the wrong horse, according to a new study by the University of Oxford.
Global Europe 15-05-2017

EU, NATO condemn North Korea missile test as ‘threat to peace’

North Korea's test-firing of a ballistic missile constitutes a "threat to international peace and security" as Pyongyang ratchets up tensions in the region, the EU and NATO said yesterday (14 May).