The latest developments on the Korean peninsula continue to dominate headlines globally, as well as in China, as turmoil in both South and North Korea attract international attention. The murder of Kim Jong Un's half brother has sparked outrage, inciting South Korea to suggest the North's suspension from the UN. Amid heightened tensions, the U.S. and South Korea began their annual large scale military drills, while the Trump administration continues to evaluate North Korea's threat, calling on China to do more to pressure its neighbor.
In South Korea, the decision by South Korea's conglomerate Lotte Group to allow the government to use its land to build THAAD has solicited angry reaction from China's state media. Xinhua, in a penned op-ed, condemned Lotte for its board's decision that cleared a major hurdle in the deployment of THAAD. Concerned with missile threat from North Korea, South Korea and the U.S. are quickening the pace to install THAAD, a move strongly opposed by China, along with Russia. Meanwhile, South Korea wrestles with an internal crisis as the head of Samsung, one of the largest family-controlled conglomerates, or chaebol, was indicted on bribery and embezzlement charges.
Prepared by China-US Focus editorial teams in Hong Kong and New York, this weekly newsletter offers you snap shots of latest trends and developments emerging from China every week, while adding a dose of historical perspective.