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Mitch Shin

Mitch Shin

Mitch Shin is a correspondent for The Diplomat.

Mitch Shin was previously a journalist for Asia Times for a year and a half, working in Seoul, South Korea. Shin was also a news assistant for contributors at DW and Al Jazeera before joining the team. Follow him on Twitter: @MitchShin5
Posts by Mitch Shin
March 08, 2021

South Korea and US Reach Agreement on Defense Cost Sharing

By Mitch Shin
Seoul and Washington finally agreed on how to split the bill for the U.S. troops stationed in South Korea, but have not revealed details. 

March 02, 2021

South Korea, US Prepare to Conduct Joint Military Exercise 

By Mitch Shin
Between talks with North Korea and the COVID-19 pandemic, this will reportedly be the third year in a row where exercises are held only via computer simulation.
February 23, 2021

Korean Volleyball Players’ Abuse Case Triggers National Reckoning on Toxic Sports Culture 

By Mitch Shin
Following reports alleging physical and verbal abuse by two female national volleyball team players, more and more professional athletes have been accused of bullying.  

February 16, 2021

Harvard Professor’s Article Sparks Outrage Over Its Depiction of Japanese Military Brothels

By Mitch Shin
While U.S. scholars and politicians criticized the article, it was defended by far-right activists in Japan – and South Korea.

February 09, 2021

South Korea Restarts Cost-Sharing Negotiations With Washington 

By Mitch Shin
With a new administration in Washington, Seoul welcomed the chance to resume SMA negotiations that have been stalled for nearly a year. 

February 03, 2021

Seeking North Korea Breakthrough, Seoul Looks to Biden Administration

By Mitch Shin
The Moon administration starts dialogue with the new U.S. administration, hoping to induce Pyongyang to reactivate back channels for negotiations.
January 26, 2021

Conflict Between South Korea and Japan Surges Again With Court’s ‘Comfort Women’ Decision

By Mitch Shin
The Japanese government rejected a court ruling on compensation for South Korean women forced into sexual slavery during World War II. 

January 19, 2021

President Moon Is Still Hopeful for North Korea Talks

By Mitch Shin
In a press conference on Monday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in expressed his wish to resume talks with North Korea – including hosting Kim Jong Un in Seoul.

January 15, 2021

North Korea Holds Nighttime Military Parade After Party Congress

By Mitch Shin
After the Workers’ Party’s Eighth Congress, North Korea held a military parade to display its missiles, with an emphasis on SLBMs (and a curious absence of ICBMs). 

January 14, 2021

South Korea’s Supreme Court Upholds 20-Year Sentence for Former Pres. Park Geun-hye 

By Mitch Shin
The 2016 Candlelight Revolution finally ended with the Supreme Court’s final sentence for Park. Now the focus turns to a potential pardon.

January 12, 2021

Kim Jong Un Declares North Korea Will Advance Nuclear Capabilities

By Mitch Shin
During the Eighth Party Congress, Kim vowed to enhance the country’s missile programs and nuclear power – a worrying sign for diplomacy with the U.S. and South Korea.
January 07, 2021

North Korea Party Congress Begins With Kim Jong Un’s Confession of Failure on the Economy

By Mitch Shin
One of the most important events in North Korea started January 5 as Kim conveyed his messages over the quarantine and economy. 

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