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Korea to invest ¥679 billion to cut reliance on Japanese imports

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SEOUL – South Korea said Monday it plans to spend 7.8 trillion won (¥679 billion) over the next seven years to develop technologies for industrial materials and parts in hopes of reducing dependence on Japan amid the escalating trade row. Trade minister Sung Yun-mo said the government would also financially support South Korean companies in mergers and acquisitions of foreign ... Read More »

Exports down nearly 10% in July: poll

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South Korea’s exports have extended their slump for the eighth consecutive month in July, falling nearly 10 percent from a year earlier, a poll showed Monday, due mainly to the prolonged trade row between the United States and China. Outbound shipments are estimated to reach $46.6 billion last month, down from $51.8 posted a year earlier, according to the poll ... Read More »

Korea protests Japan’s ‘grave’ plan to drop it from smooth-trade list

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SEOUL: South Korea protested on Wednesday against a Japanese plan to remove it from a list of countries that face minimum trade restrictions, saying it would undermine their decades-old economic and security cooperation and threaten free trade. Japan’s planned revision of a law to take South Korea off its so-called white list comes amid a deepening row over compensation for ... Read More »

Samsung Electronics flags 56% fall in Q2 operating profit

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SEOUL: Samsung Electronics said on Friday it expects operating profit to tumble 56 per cent for the second quarter of this year in the face of a weakening chip market. The world’s largest maker of smartphones and memory chips has enjoyed record profit in recent years despite a series of setbacks, but is now struggling, with chip prices falling as ... Read More »

Korea’s Foreign Exchange Reserves Increase Over US$1 Bil. in June

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The Bank of Korea announced that South Korea’s foreign exchange reserves totaled US$403.07 billion as of the end of last month, showing a month-on-month increase of US$1.1 billion. Last month, the central banks’ foreign currency-denominated assets rose in value in terms of the U.S. dollar due to its depreciation. In April and May this year, the foreign exchange reserves continued ... Read More »

US biotechs line up to list in Korea amid jump in share prices

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US biotech firms are queuing up to list in South Korea, tempted by the promise of strong valuations amid a welcoming base of investors. At least four such companies are seeking listings in the Asian country, according to NH Investment & Securities Co. and Eugene Investment & Securities Co. That’s a significant number given that there are currently only 20 ... Read More »

Korea’s won is Asia’s whipping boy in US-China trade war

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South Korea’s exposure to a stressed global manufacturing supply chain has knocked its currency – Asia’s most risk sensitive – to over two-year lows as investors use it as a proxy to bet on the economic costs of a protracted US-China trade war. The won has dropped nearly 6% against the dollar this year, worse than some of its peers, ... Read More »

Samsung Electronics to cut China phone output as market share sinks

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South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday it plans to cut production at a smartphone plant in China, as competition from domestic rivals squeezes its share of the world’s biggest smartphone market to less than a paltry 1%. The output reduction at the factory in the southern city of Huizhou comes just six months after Samsung said it ... Read More »

Huawei launches 5G lab in Korea, but keeps event low-key after US ban

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Huawei Technologies unveiled an open lab for next-generation 5G wireless network in South Korea but kept the launch low-key given its recent blacklisting by the United States, a key security ally of the Asian nation. The Chinese tech giant, the world’s top producer of telecoms equipment, said it planned to invest about $5 million in the lab in the Junggu ... Read More »

Chinese Shipbuilders Outdo Korean Dockyards in Order Receipt

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The Korean shipbuilding industry is faltering due to sluggish global shipbuilding orders. Korean shipbuilders are lagging behind their Chinese rivals in landing orders in the second quarter after losing first place to China in the first quarter. Global shipbuilding orders continued to shrink in April year on year after the first quarter. Shipbuilding orders amounted to 5.73 million compensated gross ... Read More »

US reportedly urges Korea to reject Huawei products

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U.S. officials have been lobbying South Korea not to use Huawei Technologies Co Ltd products, South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported. In one incident, a U.S. State Department official told a South Korean counterpart that local telco LG Uplus Corp, which uses Huawei’s equipment, should “not be allowed to serve in sensitive areas in South Korea,” the report said. Washington ... Read More »

Chinese Shipbuilders Outdo Korean Dockyards in Order Receipt

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The Korean shipbuilding industry is faltering due to sluggish global shipbuilding orders. Korean shipbuilders are lagging behind their Chinese rivals in landing orders in the second quarter after losing first place to China in the first quarter. Global shipbuilding orders continued to shrink in April year on year after the first quarter. Shipbuilding orders amounted to 5.73 million compensated gross ... Read More »

Taiwan and Korea: Star-Crossed Business Partners

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Last month, the world learned that North Korea attempted to sell submarine designs to Taiwan in 2016. As Taiwan and North Korea do not have formal relations, the offer came through an unusual channel: a Taiwanese trading company that did business with North Korea received a “mandate” from the National Defense Commission (now the State Affairs Commission). Taipei confirmed the ... Read More »

Korea orders arrest of two Samsung Electronics officials over affiliate’s accounting scandal

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A Korean court said it had approved warrants to arrest two senior officials at Samsung Electronics in relation to an alleged accounting fraud at the tech giant’s biopharma affiliate. The Seoul Central District Court said in a statement it had granted warrants to arrest the officials suspected of destroying evidence in the case. Prosecutors accused the two Samsung Electronics officials ... Read More »

KB Kookmin Bank Sets up IB Unit in New York

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KB Kookmin Bank announced on that it has opened an investment banking (IB) unit in New York local time. The New York unit is the bank’s third IB unit following those in Hong Kong and London. Based on the three regional hubs which are set up in the global centers of IB deals, KB Kookmin Bank is planning to strengthen ... Read More »

Korea’s Lotte to resume $2.6 billion China project after missile row

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Lotte Group said it would resume work on a $2.6 billion real estate project in China this month, after work was halted following the South Korean firm’s decision in 2017 to offer land in South Korea for a US anti-missile system. The South Korean real estate giant has invested about 3 trillion won ($2.58 billion) in the project in China’s ... Read More »

Samsung Electronics bets on better second-half after first-quarter profit slumps

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South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd flagged improved second-half results on expectations of a pick up in memory chip and smartphone sales, after posting its weakest profit in more than two years in the first quarter. The world’s top maker of semiconductors, however, warned of more short-term pain in the second quarter, with memory chip prices likely to decline further ... Read More »

Korea economy unexpectedly contracts in first quarter, worst since global financial crisis

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SEOUL: South Korea’s economy unexpectedly shrank in the first quarter, marking its worst performance since the global financial crisis, as companies slashed investment and exports slumped in response to Sino-U.S. trade tensions and cooling Chinese demand. The shock contraction boosted money market bets that the central bank is likely to make a U-turn on policy soon, shifting to an easing ... Read More »

Korea requests waiver extension for Iran oil imports

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A business lobby group of South Korea asked the US government to extend Korea’s exemption from sanctions on the purchase of Iranian oil. In a letter sent to Francis Fannon, US assistant secretary of state for energy resources, the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) argued that the ending of South Korea’s waiver on buying oil from Iran could have a ... Read More »

‘Working Koreans spend annual W1.4m on cash gifts’

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South Koreans holding office jobs spend over 1.4 million won ($1,235) annually on cash gifts for special occasions, a poll showed Monday. The research, conducted by job research portal Saramin, involved 435 local office workers. Cash gifts cost about 73,000 won on average per event, the survey revealed, and respondents attended an average of 1.6 events per month, so their ... Read More »