The two sides vowed to actively push for cooperation throughout their industry value chains from minerals and materials to secondary cells and to EVs. For that, they will sign an MOU "swiftly" to expand the scope of their minerals trade to various kinds, including nickel and cobalt. The required portion of the components will grow to 80 per cent in 2027 from 40 per cent in 2023. South Korea would bear greater significance for Canada in terms of its Indo-Pacific strategy and supply chains, and Canada can be a strategic partner for South Korea to reduce its dependence on nations with greater uncertainty and to strengthen its economic security, Champagne said in his speech, according to the federation. Bilateral trade between South Korea and Canada has been on the rise on the back of the bilateral FTA that took effect in 2015 to hit an all-time high of US$13.1 billion in 2021, according to government data.
To promote shipment of nutri-cereals, the India's Commerce and Industry Ministry, through its apex agricultural export promotion body, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), has prepared a comprehensive strategy to promote Indian millets exports across the globe, commencing December 2022. For exports of Indian millets, the Indian government has planned to facilitate participation of exporters, farmers and traders in 16 international trade expos and Buyer Seller Meets (BSMs). In addition, Ambassadors of Foreign missions in India of the targeted countries and potential importers would also be invited to showcase various millet-based products, including Ready to Eat millet products and facilitate B2B meetings. India recorded 27 per cent growth in millet production in 2021-22 as compared to millet production in the previous year was 15.92 MMT. Share of export of millets is nearly 1 per cent of the total millet production.17 days ago SME Times
The report said that Italy, Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam have also been removed from the Monitoring List, while China, Japan, Korea, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan continue to be on it. In addition, it also considers currency developments, exchange rate practices, foreign exchange reserve coverage, capital controls, and monetary policy. It also had a $48 billion trade surplus with the US, according to the report. The department's criteria for one-sided currency intervention is net purchases of foreign currency in at least eight out of 12 months, totalling at least two per cent of the gross domestic product. It said that India's net purchases of foreign currency in the fourth quarter were a negative 0.9 compared to the previous period, or $30 billion less.19 days ago SME Times
While Korean feminism and discussions around gender have been characterized by various domestic and international media outlets as explosive, this short piece will try to offer some suggestions as to why that is the case. The conclusion, in case you can't wait that long is as the title suggests: In Korea, biology matters. Postcolonial feminism identifies differences not between women and men but between women and women. In a conversation on Korean feminism and feminist literature, Beth Eunhee Hong said that Korean feminism focuses on "biological female solidarity." Maybe there will be some who have a completely different take on the characteristics of Korean feminism.1 month ago Korea Times
Halloween parties were often held on American military installations and were generally confined to military personnel and their families. On Oct. 31, 1908, Ethel Mills, a missionary, groused that it was "Halloween night and nothing to do in Korea." In 1913, the missionaries in Pyongyang held a large Halloween party to which all the children of the community were invited. I am not sure what Halloween games the missionary children played in Pyongyang but their Korean peers could have probably taught them a few. According to Stewart Culin, a 19th-century expert on games, there was a game Korean children placed called "searching for the corpse."1 month ago Korea Times
North Korea has developed nuclear weapons and will never give them up, its leader, Kim Jong Un, told the world last month. A recent Nuclear Notebook column from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists estimated that North Korea may have produced enough fissile material to build between 45 and 55 nuclear weapons. “Let’s accept (it), North Korea is a nuclear arms state, and North Korea has all necessary delivery systems including pretty efficient ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles),” said Andrei Lankov, a professor at Kookmin University in Seoul and a preeminent academic authority on North Korea. A better approach, some suggest, might be to treat North Korea’s nuclear program in a similar way to Israel’s – with tacit acceptance. Both Israel and India offer examples of what the US could aspire to in dealing with North Korea, he added.1 month ago Vigour Times
WASHINGTON: The US said on Friday its policy towards North Korea had not changed after a senior US official responsible for nuclear policy raised some eyebrows by saying Washington would be willing to engage in arms-control talks with Pyongyang. Some experts argue that recognising N. Korea as a nuclear armed state, something Pyongyang seeks, is a prerequisite for such talks. N. Korea has rejected US calls to return to talks. Asked if it was time to accept North Korea as a nuclear state, she replied: “Wording aside, we are committed to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. We do not accept N. Korea with that status.1 month ago Daily Times
Police stand guard on Oct. 30, 2022, near the alley where a stampede took place during Halloween celebrations in the neighborhood of Itaewon in Seoul, South Korea, the night before. Partygoers walk by ambulances at the scene where dozens of people were injured in a stampede during a Halloween festival in Seoul, South Korea, October 29, 2022. He said emergency workers were initially overwhelmed, leaving pedestrians struggling to administer CPR to the injured lying on the streets. Rescue team and firefighters work on the scene where dozens of people were injured in a stampede during Halloween festival in Seoul, South Korea, October 30, 2022. The United States stands with the Republic of Korea during this tragic time.”There have been deadly stampedes in South Korea in the past.1 month ago Vigour Times