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Financial Times: Obama Walks Into Crossfire of Asian Tensions

Authors: Geoff Dyer, Demetri Sevastopulo, and Simon Mundy

"The U.S. has been particularly frustrated at the deterioration in relations between Tokyo and Seoul, as it believes that relationship is important to help check the rise of China in the region, which is one reason that some high-profile Asia experts in the US have been urging Mr Obama to visit South Korea."

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NYT: Samsung: Uneasy in the Lead

Authors: Eric Pfanner and Brian X. Chen

"Samsung's sales are equal to about one-quarter of South Korea's economic output. Samsung Electronics, the flagship, posted $190 billion in sales last year—about the same sales as Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Facebook combined."

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Amnesty International: South Korea: ‘Migrant workers are also human beings’

Author: Amnesty International

This report from Amnesty International argues that migrant workers inSouth Korea are at risk of a range of human rights violations. In August 2003 the Korean National Assembly passed the Act Concerning the Employment Permit for Migrant Workers (EPS Act). The Act prohibits discrimination against foreign workers and was intended to give migrant workers legal status and to put an end to human rights violations against them. By passing the Act, South Korea became the first labour importing country in Asia to attempt to protect the rights of migrant workers through legislation. Despite the recognition of their rights contained in the EPS Act, in reality migrants continue to have little protection and very limited possibilities for obtaining redress for abuses, argues Amnesty.

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South Korea's Nuclear Surprise

Authors: Jungmin Kang, Peter Hayes, Li Bin, Tatsujiro Suzuki, and Richard Tanter

South Korea's surprise admission of its secret nuclear research activities provides important lessons for the future of global nonproliferation.

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