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What Happened During a speech commemorating the 1948 Jeju Uprising, Moon Jae-in highlighted a recently-revised National Assembly bill that will strengthen compensation for victims of this historical event. This is the fourth year in a row that Moon has spoken in a ceremony recognizing the Jeju Uprising and its victims, and he is the second president to…

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Region: Asia

April 19, 2021

What Happened During recent talks, the Chinese FM raised the idea of joint dialogue to reach a political resolution between North and South Korea. China also voiced support for South Korea’s goals of peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The two foreign ministers discussed holding a future 2+2 meeting with diplomatic and security officials from…

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Region: Asia

April 14, 2021

What Happened On April 1, Seoul and Tokyo met to discuss historical issues, future bilateral meetings, and improving trilateral relations. The meeting came just after Japan’s Ministry of Education approved 30 high school social studies and history textbooks that showed the Dokdo islets as part of Japanese territory. Although South Korea called for the books to be corrected and for the…

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Region: Asia

April 13, 2021

What Happened On March 26, the South Korean Defense Minister met with his Indian counterpart to discuss mutual cooperation. Items discussed included increasing defense ties, arms sales, and foreign direct investment. Korean companies are interested in partnering with the Indian military to supply anti-aircraft defense systems and participate in shipbuilding projects. Implications: While Korea has not joined any formal coalitions aiming…

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Region: Asia

April 11, 2021