To many abroad, the presidential election boiled down to two words: North Korea. But at home, where his predecessor's impeachment fed suspicions of widespread corruption, voters are looking to Moon to restore a sense of transparency and opportunity.
As tensions escalate on the Korean peninsula, China’s patience with the US is growing thin. But US Secretary of State Tillerson left his first official trip to Beijing without concrete steps on North Korea.
Peaceful demonstrations that gathered momentum last fall show how far the young democracy has advanced since bloody protests in 1987 helped end military dictatorship. They became a source of inspiration to similar movements, and to Koreans like Joseph Kim.
Since Seoul announced that it would deploy the American THAAD system to protect against North Korea’s growing nuclear threat, China has taken 43 retaliatory actions against South Korea, according to a government researcher.
Seen as China's most powerful leader in decades, President Xi could secure his hold for years to come at the next Party Congress. In the South China Sea, a potential flashpoint, Beijing has already signaled its dominance.
After three years of frosty relations and no meetings, the two nations' leaders say they will try to end an impasse on a World War II issue that has roiled relations and frustrated Washington, their mutual ally.
In a society divided over the past, President Park Geun-hye wants to revise history texts used in middle and high schools that conservatives say are distorted and left-leaning. Critics fear a whitewash of past dictatorships.
Some 10,000 defectors under 30 live in South Korea. But vast differences in their outlook and education make them six times more likely to drop out of school. A former member of parliament is doing something about that.