Eastern Asia

Third impeachment in North Korea’s history

On several occasions in his recent articles dealing with the political consequences of the disaster in Itaewon on October 29, 2022, the author has referred to the attempts of the Together Democratic Party (the Democrats) to secure the “dismissal” of Lee Sang-min, Minister of the Interior and Safety (a post that is the equivalent of […]

Regarding the visit of the Filipino President to Japan

In the period from February 8 to 12 this year, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of one of the country’s most prominent politicians of the second half of the last century (and also President) Ferdinand Marcos Sr., was on an official visit to Japan. What was the third event of regional significance in […]

The ROK has begun to “pay the Vietnamese bills”

On February 7, 2023 a very significant event occurred, in the author’s opinion. The Seoul Central District Court ruled in favor of Nguyen Thi Thanh, a Vietnamese woman seeking compensation from the ROK government. Nguyen claimed that she lost five family members and suffered gunshot wounds herself when members of the Republic of Korea’s 2nd […]

Kuomintang delegation to visit People’s Republic of China

The ten-day visit to China by a delegation of the Kuomintang, Taiwan’s main opposition party, which has been in power more than once, began on February 8 and it is the most remarkable event since the NEO last reviewed the situation around what is perhaps the most dangerous problem of the “Global Great Game” current […]

The thirteenth parade, a solid-fuel rocket and the daughter of the Leader of the DPRK at the podium

A military parade commemorating the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Korean People’s Army was staged in Pyongyang, Kim Il-sung Square, on the night of February 8 to 9. It was a large colorful celebration with fireworks and an air display, attended by specialists from across the world in anticipation of new weaponry and […]

The Geopolitics of the “Balloon Affair”

On February 4, a US fighter jet “safely” shot down a Chinese “surveillance balloon” off the coast of South Carolina. The balloon, according to US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, was being used by China for the purpose of spying on “strategic sites in the continental United States.” Lloyd also emphasised that the decision to shoot […]

Seoul is being sucked into the American vortex

Given that the story about “arms supplies to Russia from the DPRK” has been gaining ground, the author has repeatedly stated that Seoul is the main target of this hysteria that serves as another justification for the ROK’s increased involvement in the plans of the US and its allies against Russia’s national interests. This strategy […]

On the matter of North Korean spies in South Korea

The conservatives’ offensive against the opposition is partly carried out under the slogans of searching for pro-Pyongyang NGOs and North Korean spies, and in this regard here’s a digest of the most famous espionage scandals of recent years. An underground activist network or another crackdown on unions? Recall, back on August 6, 2021, four activists […]

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on the country’s declining birth rate

During Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s keynote speech on January 23, at the winter session of Japan’s parliament, among the key internal and external problems confronting the country’s government was the country’s continuous birth rate decline (over the past few years), mentioned practically for the first time. However, the unavoidable and multifaceted “national catastrophe” associated with […]

The Tehran-Seoul Scandal: A New Development or a Rerun of the old?

During President Yoon Suk-yeol’s visit to the United Arab Emirates, a “diplomatic misunderstanding” (the wording of the ROK Foreign Ministry) occurred, which, according to Yoon’s political opponents, destroyed the sisterly relations between Tehran and Seoul. Since the days of Lee Myung-bak, South Korean special forces have been stationed in the UAE to train local troops. […]