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Thursday, September 23, 2021
Round-up of important news from major Korean dailies and from international media today
“Malaysia, Korea share National Day in August, are headed for increased cooperation”
Charge d’Affaires Ahmad Fahmi Ahmad Sarkawi of the Republic of Malaysia in Seoul said, “The 31st day of August is the official National Day of Malaysia and it marks the day when Malaysia became free from British colonial rule.” It is the happy day for the people of Malaysia like the Korean people who enjoys the 15th of August when they won their independence in 1945. To mark the auspicious occasion, The Korea Post media (publisher of 3 English and 2 Korean news publications since 1985) recently had a special interview with CDA Sarkawi of Malaysia at his office in Seoul. Details of the interview follow: Question: Please introduce your National Day in full detail. Answer: The 31st day of August is the official national day of Malaysia. It commemorates the Malayan Declaration of Independence on 31 August 1957, marking the day Malaya is free from British colonial administration. This year's Independence Day is the 6th anniversary. 'Malaysia Prihatin' which literally means Malaysia Cares, is retained as the theme for this year's Independence Day.
Samsung Electronics passes GSMA’s NESAS security assessment
Samsung Electronics announced on Sept. 16 that the development processes for its end-to-end networks solutions, including RAN, analytics, core, and cloud products, have successfully passed the security assessment using the Network Equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS), established by the GSMA and 3GPP. Besides the company’s hardware-bound RAN solutions, the development process of Samsung’s fully virtualized RAN (vRAN) was also verified by the NESAS. The company’s vRAN has been widely deployed to Tier-1 U.S. operator commercial networks, and selected to power Europe’s extensive virtual network project. To pass the assessment, Samsung’s product development and lifecycle management processes for its network solutions underwent an independent audit to confirm how security is integrated into their design, development, implantation and maintenance processes.
Hyundai Motor Group launches ‘Factory Safety Service Robot’
Hyundai Motor Group has introduced ‘Factory Safety Service Robot, a robot for industrial site safety, and announced its pilot operation at Kia’s plant in South Korea on Sept. 17. The group has also released a video of the Robot on its YouTube channel. The Robot is based on Boston Dynamics’ quadruped robot, Spot, with applied artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous navigation, tele-operation technologies, and computing payload (AI Processing Service Unit) developed by the group’s Robotics Lab for the Robot’s usage in various industrial tasks. “The Factory Safety Service Robot is the first collaboration project with Boston Dynamics. The Robot will help detect risks and secure people’s safety in industrial sites,” said Head Hyun Dong-jin of Hyundai Motor Group Robotics Lab.
Pentagon: US Open to Discussion of War-Ending Declaration
The U.S. Department of Defense said that the United States is open to discussing a possible declaration of an end to the Korean War. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby issued the position on Wednesday when asked about South Korean President Moon Jae-in's call for a war-ending declaration in his speech at the UN General Assembly. Kirby said that the U.S. continues to seek engagement with North Korea to address a variety of issues, and it is open to discussing the possibility of an end of war declaration. The spokesperson added that the United States is also committed to diplomacy and dialogue with North Korea to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He said that the U.S. knows that this is a complex issue and it is committed to supporting the role of its diplomats in having that kind of dialogue going forward.
Moon Awards Medals to Independence Fighters in Hawaii
President Moon Jae-in awarded posthumous medals to two Korean immigrants in Hawaii in recognition of their independence activities during Japan's colonial rule of Korea. The president on Wednesday bestowed the Order of Merit for National Foundation on Kim No-di and Ahn Jung-song in a ceremony at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The two late figures were recognized for their roles and dedication for Korea's independence while living in Hawaii during the colonial era. They raised funds to help the movement in Korea. It marks the first time for a South Korean president to award such medals abroad. Just before the medal ceremony, Moon visited the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii where some 36-thousand war dead are laid to rest, including those who were killed in the Korean War.
Vaccine Material Producer Cytiva to Invest in S. Korea
U.S. vaccine material producer Cytiva is set to make a multi-million dollar investment in South Korea to build a manufacturing facility. Seoul's presidential office said that the firm announced its plan on Tuesday at a ceremony on global vaccine partnership between South Korea and the U.S. in New York attended by President Moon Jae-in. The firm already submitted a report to Seoul's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on its plan to inject 52-point-five million U.S. dollars from 2022 to 2024. Cytiva plans to produce disposable cell culture fluid in South Korea amid a global shortage of the material due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first investment decision by a global vaccine material producer for a new manufacturing facility in South Korea since the pandemic broke out early last year.
S. Korea to receive 1 mln doses of Pfizer vaccine from Britain in swap deal
South Korea will receive 1 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines from Britain in their bilateral vaccine swap deal, health authorities said Wednesday. The Korean government inked the agreement on vaccine swap cooperation with Britain earlier in the day and the two sides are in talks over supply details, according to the pan-government task force on COVID-19 vaccines. The Pfizer vaccines are likely to gradually land here starting Saturday and Korea will return the same amount of borrowed vaccines to Britain in December. The vaccine swap deal came as President Moon Jae-in and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed the issue during their summit talks on Monday (local time) in New York on the sidelines of a U.N. General Assembly session. With the doses from Britain, South Korea plans to administer the second shots of vaccines to those aged between 18 and 49 and people in their 50s as the country has accelerated its vaccination drive.
Moon awards medals to Korean immigrants in Hawaii for fight against Japan's colonization
South Korean President Moon Jae-in awarded posthumous medals of honor to two Korean immigrants in Hawaii Wednesday, with their descendants in attendance at the ceremony. It marked the first time that a South Korean president held a medal-awarding ceremony abroad for those recognized for independence activities during Japan's colonial rule of Korea from 1910-45, Cheong Wa Dae said. Moon bestowed the Order of Merit for National Foundation on the two late figures -- Kim No-di and Ahn Jung-song -- for their role in raising funds for independence fighters, while residing on this island.
S. Korea, Vietnam vow to boost defense ties during vice-ministerial talks
South Korea and Vietnam agreed Thursday to strengthen cooperation in defense affairs and the arms industry during annual vice-ministerial talks, Seoul officials said. South Korean Vice Defense Minister Park Jae-min and his Vietnamese counterpart, Hoang Xuan Chien, held the Defense Strategy Dialogue in the Southeast Asian nation and discussed regional security issues and ways to strengthen their defense ties, according to Seoul's defense ministry. "The two sides agreed to boost cooperation in the fields of maritime security and defense education and trainings, as well as exchanges of senior-level officials. They also vowed to continue efforts for stronger cooperation in the arms industry," the ministry said in a release. During the meeting, Park asked for Vietnam's active support for peace efforts involving North Korea, and the Vietnamese vice minister vowed his country's continued backing, it added.
The Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com)
Fresh talks start for more Pfizer shots
President Moon Jae-in continued his vaccine diplomacy in New York, launching a fresh round of talks on securing more COVID shots from Pfizer and a new $52.5 million investment plan unveiled by US bioprocess vendor Cytiva to boost Korea’s vaccine production. Moon on Tuesday met with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla to discuss multilateral ways on how Korea and the US vaccine producer can work together for vaccine cooperation, according to Cheong Wa Dae. Moon talked about securing additional vaccine supply and emphasized the importance of getting the vaccine supply early next year, asking for Bourla’s proactive interest and support.
Change or continuation: Presidential race heats up
The election is still nearly half a year away, but the race for the South Korean presidency is already heating up. Despite the two largest parties -- the ruling Democratic Party and the main opposition People Power Party -- having already shed several hopefuls, the number of people vying for the nation’s top job still stands at 30. This is a quick rundown of some of the main candidates. Ruling party heavies Lee Jae-myung Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung’s life is South Korea’s quintessential rags-to-riches tale, a backstory that has given him a unique appeal to the working class and to young voters concerned about fairness and justice.
Korea to provide over 1 million COVID shots to Vietnam in October
South Korea will provide more than 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam next month as the two countries emphasize cooperation as strategic partners, the presidential office said Tuesday. The commitment was made during President Moon Jae-in’s summit with Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Park Kyung-mee. It was not disclosed which COVID-19 vaccines would be provided. It was Korea’s first direct COVID-19 vaccine commitment to a foreign nation. Cheong Wa Dae said the decision was made as the countries had worked together from the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic by sharing supplies with each other.
The Korea Times (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)
Moon's proposal to end Korean War faces feasibility questions
President Moon Jae-in once again renewed his call for a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War in an effort to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula, but the feasibility of his proposal is questionable, given the state of relations between the two Koreas and the U.S. During a speech at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Tuesday (EST), Moon proposed a trilateral or quadrilateral declaration to proclaim a formal end to the Korean War. The war ended in an armistice signed in 1953 by the U.S.-led United Nations Command, China and North Korea, leaving the two Koreas technically still at war. "Today, I once again urge the community of nations to mobilize its strengths for the end-of-war declaration on the Korean Peninsula, and propose that the three parties of the two Koreas and the U.S., or the four parties of the two Koreas, the U.S. and China, come together and declare that the war on the Korean Peninsula is over," Moon said.
Korea unattractive to foreign investors: Ambrosetti report
Korea ranked eighth out of 148 countries and last out of five major Asian economies this year in terms of global attractiveness, a report by a European think tank showed Wednesday. Global Attractiveness Index (GAI) 2021 findings released by the boutique management consultancy and private bank, The European House ― Ambrosetti, Sept. 5 (local time), showed Korea's GAI stood at 81.26 this year. The index measures the foreign-investment-attraction capabilities and environment of 148 countries surveyed relative to the top-ranked country. Korea ranked eighth in 2016, fell to 11th the following year but then rose back to 8th again in 2018 ― it remained in ninth place in 2019 and 2020. The U.S. (100.00) topped the list, followed by Germany (93.30) which came in second by a narrow margin. China came in third with a score of 91.55. Japan ranked fourth (89.61), while Singapore came in sixth (84.84) and Hong Kong seventh (82.82).
In climate landmark, China promises to end coal funding overseas
China will stop funding coal projects overseas, President Xi Jinping announced Tuesday, all but ending the flow of public aid for the dirty energy contributing to the climate crisis. Xi made his announcement at the UN General Assembly where US President Joe Biden, seeking to show leadership in a growing competition with China, promised to double Washington's contribution to countries hardest hit by climate change. China is still investing in coal, reducing the impact of Xi's commitment, but it is by far the largest funder of coal projects in developing countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Bangladesh as it goes on a global infrastructure-building blitz with its Belt and Road Initiative. Xi vowed to accelerate efforts for China, the world's largest emitter, to go carbon neutral by 2060.
Chosun Ilbo (http://english.chosun.com)
Unvaccinated Koreans Get Another Chance from Oct. 1
Some 5 million people who have for one reason or another missed their turn for coronavirus vaccination will get another chance next month. They can get vaccinated in neighborhood clinics nationwide on Oct. 1-16, health authorities said Thursday. Earlier, the government warned that people who had skipped their turn would then get the jab last. Unvaccinated people can make their booking from 8 p.m. this Saturday until 6 p.m. Sept. 30 on the government booking site. Meanwhile, people who have had their first jab can now also book their second shot with leftover vaccines through the Naver or Kakao apps. So far leftovers were only available for first shots. For those who choose leftover vaccines, the interval between Pfizer vaccine doses can be shortened from six weeks to three and for Moderna vaccine doses from six weeks to four. For AstraZeneca vaccines, the interval is four weeks
Int'l Rights Watchdog Urges Moon to Scrap Press Gag Bill
The leading international human rights watchdog has urged President Moon Jae-in and the National Assembly to scrap a planned media reform bill that critics say is a gag on media freedom. Human Rights Watch said in a letter Thursday that the bill could seriously undermine the freedom of expression and suppress critical reporting. The ruling Minjoo Party had intended to railroad the bill through last month but put it on hold amid mounting international criticism. The letter points out that the bill leaves room for abuse as it defines "false or manipulated news" in broad and vague terms that are "incompatible with international standards for restrictions on freedom of expression." The essential flow of information could be restricted if media organizations censor themselves to avoid writing reports that could result in a spate of lawsuits under the bill, it added.
U.S. Panel to Vote on Eligibility Criteria for Pfizer Booster Shots
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it may vote as soon as Thursday on which group of Americans will be eligible to receive Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots. A CDC panel met Wednesday to discuss who should be first in line to receive booster shots -- a controversial decision that comes over a month after President Joe Biden first announced plans to administer booster shots eight months after the second dose. Last week, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel overwhelmingly voted to reject the White House plan to give boosters to most Americans. The panel cited a lack of data on the safety of boosters, as well as a lack of evidence of their value. But it did endorse booster shots for those 65 and older and those at high risk of severe illness.
HanKyoReh Shinmun (http://english.hani.co.kr)
How Bush set stage for N. Korean nuclearization
The terrorist attacks committed in September 2001 by the Islamic fundamentalist terror organization al-Qaeda had tremendously complex repercussions that extended not only to US policies in the Middle East, but also to the Korean Peninsula on the other side of the globe. The administration of then-President George W. Bush, who took office in January 2001, undertook major revisions to the North Korea policies implemented by his predecessor Bill Clinton, who had largely yielded the driver’s seat to then-South Korean President Kim Dae-jung. Concerned about the influence of the neocons surrounding Bush, Kim moved the date of the first South Korea-US summit up to early March, rather than its usual date in May or June. He sought to win Bush’s support, but did not succeed.
North and South Korea temper shows of force, signal hope for path forward
Inter-Korean relations are in a precarious state. On Wednesday, both South and North Korea put on shows of force with missile test launches. Both sides fired ballistic missiles — the South from a submarine, the North from a train. The South proclaimed its “definite deterrent against North Korea’s provocations,” while the North declared itself to have “increase[d] the capability of dealing an intensive multi-concurrent blow at the forces posing threats to us.” The situation calls to mind the vicious cycle of a security dilemma, where increased armament meant to protect one side provokes fear and a military response from the other. Such is the state of the Korean Peninsula as we prepare to mark the third anniversary of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s Pyongyang Joint Declaration on Sunday, Sept. 19, and the 30th anniversary of both sides’ separate yet simultaneous admission to the United Nations.
88% of S. Koreans concerned about personal toll of climate change, poll finds
A new poll has found that South Koreans are more concerned about the personal harm they’ll suffer from climate change than the citizens of any other developed country. On Tuesday, the Pew Research Center, a US-based think tank and polling organization, published the results of a poll in which it asked citizens in 17 developed countries, including Korea, whether they were concerned about being personally harmed by climate change in their lifetime. The percentage of Koreans who said they were “somewhat concerned” or “very concerned” was 88%, the highest of any country in the survey. The survey, which comprised 18,850 people in 17 developed countries, ran from Feb. 1 to May 26.
The Dong-A Ilbo (http://english.donga.com/)
Pyongyang builds up uranium enrichment facilities
Signs have been witnessed that North Korea is attempting to scale up the Yongbyon Nuclear Science and Weapons Research Center. According to satellite photos, it has recently worked to expand it to an extent that can accommodate one thousand centrifuges, which amounts to a 25 percent increase in the production of highly enriched uranium (HEU) or the core material of nuclear weapons in the Yongbyon center. Tensions are rising across the Korean Peninsula as Pyongyang has launched cruise and ballistic missiles and increased its efforts to operate nuclear facilities. The Middlebury Institute of International Studies compared satellite images taken by commercial imaging company Maxar, said CNN on Thursday (local time).
N. Korea shows off nuclear power to reach all parts of S. Korea
North Korea announced on Thursday that the ballistic missiles launched on Wednesday were part of training conducted by the railway mobile missile regiment, which was newly established early this year. The country also released pictures of launching ballistic missiles from a train for the first time. Most ballistic missiles so far had been launched from transporter erector launchers. The Wednesday training seems to be part of the efforts to strengthen North Korea’s nuclear power to target South Korea by unexpectedly firing multiple strategic nuclear missiles to the South, which was ordered by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea in January this year.
Hyundai Motor, LG Energy Solution to build joint battery plant
Hyundai Motor Group and LG Energy Solution began the construction of a joint battery cell plant in Indonesia with an aim to start production in the first half of 2024. The two companies announced that a groundbreaking ceremony was held both online and offline at the local plant site in Karawang New Industry City in Indonesia and at the South Korean HQs on Wednesday. The event was attended by Indonesian President Joko Widodo and the country’s ministers. On the South Korean side, Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group Chung Eui-sun, CEO of LG Energy Solution Kim Jong-hyun, CEO of Hyundai Mobis Cho Sung-hwan, and others attended online. “We are focusing Hyundai Motor Group’s capabilities to become a global leader in the electric vehicle sector,” said Chung. “Today’s groundbreaking ceremony is a meaningful event that marks a beginning for Indonesia, Hyundai Motor Group, and LG Group to secure future industrial competitiveness and achieve sustainable growth.
The KyungHyangShinmun (http://english.khan.co.kr/)
President Moon Ponders over His Message at the UN as North Korea Continues Missile Provocations
Due to the recent string of missile tests by North Korea, President Moon is carefully thinking about what message he should send the North when he attends the United Nations (UN) General Assembly next week. Changes to the president’s keynote address seem inevitable at his last UN General Assembly as president. Originally, he had planned to emphasize the two Koreas working toward dialogue for peace on the Korean Peninsula. President Moon will go on a five-day trip to New York in September 19-23 to attend the 76th UN General Assembly. Initially, the president was going to express his determination to continue efforts for dialogue and cooperation to improve inter-Korean relations and to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula, since this year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the two Koreas simultaneously joining the UN. President Moon had also planned to ask the international community to continue supporting the South Korean government’s efforts to completely denuclearize the peninsula and establish permanent peace.
Yoon Seok-youl Belittles Physical Labor Before College Students
On September 15, former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl’s thoughts on labor was placed on the cutting board, because of his comments that the distinction between regular and non-regular workers was meaningless if there were no difference in wages and that working with your hands and feet was something they did in Africa. Such comments came under fierce attack as people criticized them as comments that lacked any idea of stable employment and that degraded physical labor. This day, Yoon visited the Federation of Korean Trade Unions and tried to resolve the situation by saying, “Stable employment is also important.” Previously in July, Yoon had stirred controversy by saying, “You should be able to rest as much as you want even after working intensively for 120 hours a week.”
The U.S. Knew, But Opposed a Counter Coup d’etat to Oust Chun Doo-hwan
The United States detected movements for a “counter coup d’etat” to oust Chun Doo-hwan inside the South Korean military after the coup d’etat on December 12, but opposed the second coup believing that an attempt to return things back to before December 12 would result in disaster. Such facts were confirmed for the first time in U.S. diplomatic documents. In declassified U.S. government documents on the May 18 Democratic Uprising, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently received from the Jimmy Carter Library, there is a document from the U.S. Embassy in South Korea to the U.S. State Department dated February 1, 1980, reporting on an anti-Chun Doo-hwan scheme inside the South Korean military. It also cites the real name of the person who gave the U.S. this information as General Rhee Bomb June for the first time. General Rhee is thought to be the deputy minister of defense industry in the defense ministry at the time, who was an older graduate (8th class graduate) of the Korean Military Academy than Chun Doo-hwan (11th class graduate).
Maeil Business News Korea (http://www.pulsenews.co.kr/)
Moon expedites bids to turn Korea into global vaccine powerhouse during U.S. visit
South Korean President Moon Jae-in is expediting bids to turn the country into a global vaccine hub attracting $52.5 million investment from a U.S. vaccine material producer and striking a series of vaccine deals with global firms and institutions during his five-day trip to New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Moon attended a ceremony to sign a vaccine cooperation accord between South Korea and the U.S. on Tuesday (local time), joined by relevant business leaders from both sides, according to Cheong Wa Dae.
OECD ups outlook for Korean economy this year to 4%, lowers global forecast
The Organization for Economic Development (OECD) matched other brightening outlooks for the South Korean economy, raising its 2021 growth outlook to 4.0 percent from 3.8 percent, citing solid export growth and fiscal support boosting the economy. In the Interim Economic Outlook released on Tuesday, the OECD named Asia’s fourth-largest economy in the select group of four whose growth forecast was raised along with Argentina, Mexico and Spain. The upgrade from May projection is in line with other organizations that have lifted their growth outlook for Korea to the 4-percent range. The International Monetary Fund estimated the Korean economy to expand 4.3 percent while the Bank of Korea and the Asian Development Bank forecast a 4.0 percent growth. The Korean government projected 4.2 percent.
Kakao Mobility IPO put off on business streaming under remedial pressure
Kakao Mobility Corp., a dominant car-hailing platform under South Korean app giant Kakao Corp., will reschedule its planned initial public offering (IPO) as it needs to realign its business scope upon remedial pressure on its outsized market presence. According to multiple sources from the investment bank industry on Friday, Kakao Mobility informed local and foreign brokerages late Thursday that it is temporarily holding off its tender to select an IPO underwriter. The suspension comes after the company delayed tender deadline from September 10 to 17. Kakao Mobility informed major local and foreign investment banks of the tentative postponement one day before tender deadline, said an industry official who asked to be unnamed.
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