- South Korean president picks new premier in wake of scandal
South Korea: Political Crisis
[W]hat infuriates many South Koreans about the Choi affair is not merely that Ms. Park had a secret adviser, or even the possibility that the adviser turned a profit from the relationship. It is the notion that their president has been in thrall for decades to a family of religious charlatans — a shameful throwback, in their view, to ancient stories of Korean kings and queens brought to ruin by deceitful monks or fortunetelling shamans. – New York Times
The woman at the center of President Park Geun-hye’s worst leadership crisis was jailed on Tuesday, as prosecutors grilled her overnight over allegations that she had manipulated important government affairs from the shadows. – New York Times
Jerry Hendrix writes: The United States must begin analyzing a geostrategic environment in which China’s emerging anti-access/area denial weapons (which have the aim of pushing American forces back, outside of the range of their power projection weapons), based in the Philippines, can reach even farther into the Pacific. We must also begin actively casting about for other strategic relationships — such as a new security relationship with Taiwan — to make up what might be lost. To do otherwise would be to both accept surprise and invite defeat. – National Review Online
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