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KEI Contributor – Korea View

What Happened Climate change activists criticized plans to develop a new airport in the Busan region. Both the ruling and opposition parties have lauded the airport project as a potential harbinger for further local development as it will connect the city of Busan and its surrounding area to Southeast Asia. Activists in Jeju Island also worry that the construction of…

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Region: Asia

February 18, 2021

What Happened On February 9, South Korea’s Ministry of Unification discussed potentially reopening the inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex. Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un agreed to reopen the complex in 2018. However, North Korea has not shown any willingness to cooperate on inter-Korean issues at the moment, including the Kaesong Industrial Complex. Implications: Despite South Korea’s offer of economic…

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Region: Asia

February 16, 2021

What Happened Music streaming giant Spotify will launch a localized service in South Korea in the first half of 2021. The share of users listening to K-pop has increased by more than 2,000% in the last six years and the company hopes to add more artists to their platform. Spotify will compete with local music streaming services such as Kakao’s Melon…

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Region: Asia

February 12, 2021

What Happened On February 2, Chairman of ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff Won In-choul and U.S. General Mark Milley pledged to continue the process of transferring wartime operational control (OPCON) to South Korea. South Korea’s Ministry of Defense and the Pentagon also recently reaffirmed that OPCON transfer will happen once the ROK military meets the designated conditions, and that…

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February 10, 2021