Archive for March 20th, 2021

S. Korea, US launch working-level policy dialogue

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | Koreaherald | 7:02 AM

South Korea and the United States launched a new regular working-level dialogue Friday, aiming to deal with bilateral diplomatic and security issues in a “systematic [...] » More

Vice finance minister says global oil prices to see limited rise

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | Koreaherald | 7:02 AM

It is unlikely that global oil prices will rise further, South Korea’s first vice minister of finance said Friday, citing the supply capacity of major oil producers as [...] » More

Korea rights panel probes whether mandated COVID tests for foreigners is discriminatory

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:02 AM

South Korea’s National Human Rights Commission confirmed on Friday it is investigating whether policies adopted by several local governments requiring all foreign [...] » More

Korea seen revising rules on tests for foreign workers

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:02 AM

Rules singling out foreign workers for mandatory coronavirus testing in parts of South Korea will soon be partially revised, diplomatic missions and commerce organisations [...] » More

Envoy protests mandated virus tests for foreigners in Seoul

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | AP | 7:02 AM

Britain’s ambassador to South Korea on Thursday criticised South Korean health authorities for mandating coronavirus tests on all foreign workers in Seoul and a nearby [...] » More

Seoul withdraws testing mandate for all foreign workers in policy U-turn

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | Koreaherald | 7:02 AM

The Seoul city government on Friday withdrew an order requiring mandatory coronavirus testing for all foreign workers after facing criticism from foreigners, medical workers [...] » More

Seoul ends mandatory coronavirus testing for foreigners after outcry

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:02 AM

Authorities in the South Korean capital of Seoul will scrap a controversial order for all foreign workers to be tested for coronavirus, they said on Friday, after an outcry [...] » More

US Officials Reassure S. Korea On Visit, But Differences Emerge On N. Korea Policy

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | NPR | 7:02 AM

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin left East Asia on Thursday, having reassured allies, reasserted American diplomacy and outlined [...] » More

Seoul stocks retreat on US Treasury yields hike

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | Koreaherald | 7:02 AM

South Korean stocks retreated Friday amid inflation uncertainties, as investor sentiment weakened from an overnight hike in long-term US Treasury yields. The Korean won fell [...] » More

US joined by Russia, China, Pakistan in call for Afghan ceasefire

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:02 AM

The United States was joined by Russia, China and Pakistan on Thursday in calling on Afghanistan’s warring sides to reach an immediate ceasefire, at talks that showed [...] » More

Exclusive: Targeting Tesla, China’s Geely to launch new premium EV brand-sources

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:02 AM

China’s Geely plans to roll out electric vehicles under a new marque with different branding and sales strategies, people familiar with the matter said, as the Volvo [...] » More

Analysis: China’s small tech firms step out of the shadows as giants reel from regulatory crackdown

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:02 AM

One firm’s loss is another’s gain. China’s smaller technology companies and investors are eager to seize the day as a sweeping crackdown by anti-monopoly [...] » More

Russian foreign minister to visit China hard on heels of Alaska talks

Russian foreign minister to visit China hard on heels of Alaska talks

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 7:02 AM

The United States is expected to be high on the agenda when top diplomats from China and Russia meet next week, just days after much-anticipated talks between Beijing and [...] » More

Quips on translators offer brief moment of levity in China-US talks

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:02 AM

Amid a heated start to the first face-to-face high-level Sino-US talks of the Biden administration, the two countries’ top diplomats found a brief moment to exchange [...] » More

‘He lied through his teeth’: Morning Joe slams Bill Barr after report reveals China did not try to subvert US election

20-Mar-2021 Intellasia | The Independent | 7:02 AM

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough lashed out at Donald Trump’s former attorney general William Barr for “lying through his teeth” about foreign interference in the [...] » More