Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (September 5, 2016)
1. South Korean President Park Geun-hye officially appointed “unqualified” nominees, Cho Yoon-sun and Kim Jae-su, in a hearing through electronic approval. Opposition parties strongly criticized the president, saying, “She ignored the nation and communication and governance with the National Assembly”. They added that they would submit a motion to dismiss these ministers.
She did not even monitor the hearing. Otherwise, she was not supposed to approve.
2. During the sideline meeting of G20 summit with US President Barack Obama in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, Xi Jinping openly expressed his displeasure over the US and South Korea’s decision of deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in the Korean peninsula. Xi urged the US to “substantially respect China’s strategic security interests.”
South Korea will eventually become a pig in the middle. My back hurts.
3. Of all the leading countries, income disparity in South Korea has increased significantly through foreign exchange and financial crisis. The revenue of the top 10% in South Korea marked the highest in Asia’s leading economies whereas the country recorded the second highest after the US in the world economies.
Damn, this is something that South Korea should not follow the US.