Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Reporter Q&A: What to watch in S. Korean presidential vote

Reporter Q&A: What to watch in S. Korean presidential vote

Despite this sudden development, Moon's lead in the Realmeter poll released last Wednesday sits at 42.4 per cent, over double his two nearest rivals.

South Koreans vote for new president to succeed ousted leader Park.

"Moon doesn't seem more liberal than other presidential candidates".

'If you look at South Korean consumers they are very calm, they are very interested in the new presidential candidates, but they are not really anxious about this. So far, the smart money is on Moon.

Others were more concerned about the growing threats posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles and fears over Seoul losing its voice in worldwide efforts to deal with its belligerent rival.

Also at play is Park's decision to allow the deployment of a sophisticated US missile-defense system to cope with the North Korean threat.

"We will continue to meet all our alliance commitments, especially with respect to defending against the threat from North Korea", State Department spokeswoman Katina Adams told Yonhap News Agency on Monday.

Moon has argued that conservative incompetence is to blame for North Korea's actions.

The election comes after millions of South Koreans took to the streets in candlelit demonstrations to demand the removal of Park Geun-Hye, who was sacked by the country's top court in March over a corruption scandal and is now in custody awaiting trial.

In the interview, Trump shocked the longstanding usa ally and trading partner with two unexpected announcements: He wants Seoul to pay for the THAAD missile defense system the deploying there, and he wants to renegotiate the existing free trade agreement between the two countries.

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However, South Korean elections can be tricky to predict because the electorate is deeply split along ideological lines. Chinese authorities shut 87 of 99 Lotte supermarkets there.

The two leading candidates also differ in what would be the best way to help small companies and encourage the country's young talents who are drawn to high wages and job security at Samsung, Hyundai and other big businesses, to take more risks and work at small firms.

After weeks of threatening military action, sending USA warships to the region and demanding that Seoul pay $1 billion for a US missile-defense system that many here oppose, Trump subsequently called Kim Jong Un a "smart cookie" and said he'd be "honored" to have possible talks.

Hong calls for the United States to bring back tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea after withdrawing such weapons in the 1990s, and also promises to create a marine special operations force capable of infiltrating North Korea and removing its leadership in the event of war.

The possibility of a return to the sunshine policy - formulated in an era when North Korea had not conducted a single nuclear test - has raised concerns in Washington. Hong says Moon could spell the end of the U.S.

President Trump apparently didn't get the memo before he threatened to make South Korea pay for THAAD.

A conservative president in Washington and a liberal president in Seoul may not necessarily be an incompatible mix, said John Delury at Seoul's Yonsei University. Moon also wants to re-open Mount Kumgang, a tourist resort in North Korea that welcomed tourists from the south between 1998 and 2008. It predicted that "tough economic sanctions ... may then exert some influence on the country's political arena". Early, on the campaign trail, he vowed to scrap THAAD's deployment.

With tensions running high in the region, this year's election comes with an additional challenge to Seoul as the soon-to-be-elected president is likely to start office with pressure to lower the temperatures in the Korean peninsula.

"I hope the next president can resolve an overall crisis, which is the fact that South Korea is sandwiched between the United States, China and Japan", the 33-year-old said.

Former Israeli combat soldiers who were thrust into the center of a diplomatic row between Israel and Germany, say the sudden worldwide spotlight has given them a bigger platform to speak out against Israel's. But in East Asia, the Chinese could be forgiven for thinking that the opposite is true.

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