a nationally televised New Year`s address, North Korean leader Kim
Jong-un called for a “big shift” in relations between North and South
Korea “through stepped-up dialogue, negotiations and exchanges,”
proposing the resumption of high-level government talks and contacts in
other sectors. Since taking control of the North three years ago Kim had
never before expressed such willingness toward an inter-Korean summit.
Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, held in Beijing on November
10, provided the spark to conclude the Korea-China free trade agreement.
Considering the rapidly expanding Chinese market and the increased...
increasingly aware of the need to attract foreign professionals to
replenish intellectual capital and to better cope with a shrinking
working population caused by the nation’s low birthrate and rapidly aging