The killing of a Korean coast guard commando by a Chinese commercial fishing captain is just the latest in a series of clashes, and reinforces popular Korean belief that China is a threat.
Former US President Jimmy Carter ended a quick visit to North Korea this week with a message that Kim Jong-il would be willing to hold a summit with South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak.
After recent meetings with China, North Korea seems to have its own version of trickle-down economics and emerging markets.
Speculation is rampant that North Korea's Kim Jong-il will go public with plans to name his son his heir at a rare political conference.
As a growing nuclear power plant builder and exporter, South Korea wants to reprocess nuclear fuel. That's counter to a US deal.
In South, decisive tone of 'joint vision' is seen as sending a strong message to the North.
A tougher stance toward Pyongyang may complicate efforts to negotiate the release of the two women, who were sentenced Monday to 12 years of hard labor.