World Ch. Schedule : THU 20:00 KST
* Date : 2019-08-06
diplomatic challenges from the regional powers
South Korea's diplomacy is being tested for its mettle amid a bevy of unexpected provocations and challenges by the regional powers. On July 1, Japan fired the first shots of its trade war with South Korea by introducing new export curbs on three key materials used for the production of semiconductors and displays. About a month later on August 2, Tokyo expanded its trade restrictions by removing South Korea from its whitelist of favored trading nations. In late-July, security tensions on the Korean Peninsula were raised a notch after Russian and Chinese military aircraft entered South Korea's air defense identification zone (KADIZ) and also violated its territorial airspace above Dokdo Island on July 23. North Korea also conducted three missile tests in the space of a week, further escalating tensions on the Peninsula. The Seoul government is also facing worries from China and the U.S., with Beijing once again expressing concerns over the THAAD deployment in South Korea, while Washington has pressured Seoul regarding the issue of defense cost-sharing. In this week's edition of 'Foreign Correspondents', we sit down with our panel of journalists to talk more about the various diplomatic challenges being faced by South Korea in dealing with the regional powers.