China-US defense chiefs met Tuesday for the first time since Beijing severed links earlier this year. The nations worked to ease tensions over a string of recent maritime disputes in East Asia.
Unusually wet weather in South Korea has sent the price of Chinese cabbage soaring, raising the possibility that Koreans might have to look elsewhere to get kimchi's basic ingredient.
South Korea pledged $8.4 million in humanitarian aid Tuesday. Kim Jong-il apparently procured little aid from China on his recent visit.
The Cia-Cia, a tribe in remote Indonesia, is adopting Korea's Hangul writing system, to preserve their spoken language with the help of the South Korean government.
A reunification tax proposed Sunday by President Lee Myung-bak would help South Korea's economy recover from the more than $1 trillion cost of merging with economically-stunted North Korea.