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China and South Korea Set to Launch Three Joint Venture Industrial Parks

31 Jan 2018

Following formal assent from the State Council, three new industrial parks are to be jointly-established with the Republic of Korea (ROK) – the China-ROK (Yancheng) Industrial Park in Jiangsu, the Chi...Read More


U.S. and South Korea Explore Ways to Improve Bi-lateral FTA

19 Jan 2018

The United States and South Korea held their first talks on updating their bi-lateral free trade agreement (KORUS) on 5 January in Washington, D.C., and could hold subsequent rounds every three to fou...Read More


Continuing Off-screen Dramas Fail to Derail the Busan Film Festival

15 Nov 2017

Despite local and global political machinations threatening to overshadow the 2017 Busan International Film Festival, the event proved something of a success, even if proceedings were more subdued tha...Read More


Republic of Korea: Market Profile

9 Nov 2017

The Korean economy grew by 3.6% YOY in Q3 2017 following a 2.7% gain in Q2 2017. Real GDP is expected by the BOK to expand by 3.0% in 2017 on the back of exports growth and increased government spendi...Read More


Republic of Korea: Visa on Demand

29 Sept 2017

This page provides general information about visa requirements for Hong Kong residents travelling to Republic of Korea. For residents outside Hong Kong, please contact the nearest embassy or consulate...Read More


U.S. Considering Potential Termination of FTA with South Korea as NAFTA Renegotiation Advances

15 Sept 2017

President Trump recently suggested that the United States may withdraw from its free trade agreement with South Korea but that threat appears to be on hold after administration officials, business gro...Read More


Asia Tipped to be World's Largest Amusement Park Market by 2020

8 Sept 2017

With Asia-Pacific set to be the most important theme-park market in terms of both value and visitor numbers, speakers at the recent Asian Attractions Expo predicted growing competition between domesti...Read More


USTR to Analyse Performance of U.S. FTAs, Will Seek Revisions to Deal with South Korea

21 July 2017

USTR and the U.S. Department of Commerce are seeking input by 31 July that will be considered as part of the comprehensive performance reviews they are conducting of U.S. trade agreements....Read More


Global Brands Battle to Carve Up Robust Vietnamese Cosmetics Market

1 June 2017

Home to increasingly affluent young consumers, who have yet to develop true brand loyalties or prejudices, it is perhaps unsurprising that Vietnam should have emerged as a keen battleground for the wo...Read More


Surging Vietnam Baby Market Excites Exporters Across Southeast Asia

23 May 2017

With rising birth rates and growing affluence, the Vietnamese maternity and baby market is expected to be worth US$5 billion within the foreseeable future, developments that have proved to be an irres...Read More


TV Remains Dominant Platform for Multi-sourced Content Across Asia

2 Feb 2017

Despite the challenge of enhanced internet access throughout most of Asia, television has retained a pivotal role, although ever more frequently it is being called upon to host content sourced through...Read More


VOD Services and Concerns Over Chinese Influence Stalk US Film Expo

12 Dec 2016

With video on-demand services seen as both a threat and an opportunity by the independent movie sector, this year's American Film Market saw an industry at a crossroads, with the growing significance ...Read More


Korean Film Festival Weathers Political and Local Criminal Storms

4 Nov 2016

This year's Busan International Film Festival and the accompanying Asian Film Festival both proved surprisingly successful, despite the welter of on-going political and supposedly criminal wranglings ...Read More


Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy Case: The Lessons to be Learnt by Traders

12 Oct 2016

The Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy case has caused billions of dollars’ worth of goods stranded at sea or at port terminals. The chaos to date will possibly be resolved in due course, but the case has ex...Read More


South Korea Backs Return of Kimchi to China with Promotional TV Push

30 Aug 2016

Banned for six years by food hygiene rules, Korean kimchi is now finally returning to mainland supermarket shelves....Read More


Chinese Films Off the Radar at Cannes, but Korean Movies Flourish

24 May 2016

In a poor showing for mainland cinema, no Chinese movies were featured at this year's Cannes Film Festival, while Korean movies continued to prove their ability to appeal globally, with many finding s...Read More


Korean Wave Rolls On With Renewed Broadcast Export Success

5 May 2016

South Korean content producers find new markets at global TV and digital forum....Read More


South Korean Baby Sector Rallies Despite Record Low Birth Rates

29 Feb 2016

Move toward smaller families sees spend prioritised on well-being of single child by parents and grandparents....Read More


10% of All South Korean Retail Spend Set to be Online in 2016

1 Feb 2016

Country now world's seventh largest online market, with predicted sales of US$40.43 billion....Read More


Korea Now Claims to Top Global League for Male Cosmetics Sales

15 Jan 2016

Changes in income levels and consumer preferences prove boost for cosmetic sales across country....Read More

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