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Tae-jun Kang

Tae-jun Kang is a Southeast Asia correspondent and columnist for The Diplomat and is currently based in Vientiane, Laos. He was previously a journalist for The Financial Times for four years, working in both Seoul and Hong Kong. Follow him on twitter: @taejun_kang

North Korea's Quest for Autonomous Technology
July 13, 2018
North Korea's Quest for Autonomous Technology
North Korea is pursuing autonomous technology for both military and economic purposes.
North Korea's Quest for Autonomous Technology
North Korea's Mysterious Magic Industry
July 11, 2018
North Korea's Mysterious Magic Industry
Now you see it...
North Korea's Mysterious Magic Industry
Can Laos Realize Its Coffee Dream?
July 05, 2018
Can Laos Realize Its Coffee Dream?
The country is a small but determined player in this space.
Can Laos Realize Its Coffee Dream?
Will South Korean Universities See Return of North Korean Studies?
June 22, 2018
Will South Korean Universities See Return of North Korean Studies?
South Korean businesses are hunting for North Korea experts. Why are they so hard to find?
Will South Korean Universities See Return of North Korean Studies?
Investing in North Korean 'Bonds'
June 20, 2018
Investing in North Korean 'Bonds'
Why some investors are looking at buying up North Korean debt -- and what that means in practice.
Investing in North Korean 'Bonds'
Don’t Forget France in Laos
June 15, 2018
Don’t Forget France in Laos
The former colonial power continues to retain influence in the Southeast Asian state.
Don’t Forget France in Laos
North Korea's High-Tech Pursuits
June 04, 2018
North Korea's High-Tech Pursuits
From bullet train to air purifier: North Korea's ambition for scientific technologies.
North Korea's High-Tech Pursuits
Online Learning in North Korea
May 25, 2018
Online Learning in North Korea
Is North Korea going through an online learning revolution?
Online Learning in North Korea
Are Cambodia and Laos Really Any Closer to Resolving Their Border Dispute?
May 21, 2018
Are Cambodia and Laos Really Any Closer to Resolving Their Border Dispute?
Despite some incremental progress, deeper questions remain unresolved.
Are Cambodia and Laos Really Any Closer to Resolving Their Border Dispute?
Hankering for North Korean Food? You Might Want to Reconsider.
May 11, 2018
Hankering for North Korean Food? You Might Want to Reconsider.
South Koreans are clamoring for North Korea food and products, but subpar safety standards call for caution.
Hankering for North Korean Food? You Might Want to Reconsider.
'Visit Laos Year 2018': A Real Boost for the Tourism Industry?
May 08, 2018
'Visit Laos Year 2018': A Real Boost for the Tourism Industry?
Efforts are underway, but it remains an uphill task.
'Visit Laos Year 2018': A Real Boost for the Tourism Industry?
More South Koreans Are Learning Vietnamese. Why?
April 25, 2018
More South Koreans Are Learning Vietnamese. Why?
The growing interest in Vietnamese reflects booming economic ties.
More South Koreans Are Learning Vietnamese. Why?
Laos: New Hydropower Dams, Old Mekong Worries
April 20, 2018
Laos: New Hydropower Dams, Old Mekong Worries
As Laos continues its hydropower ambitions, concerns around the future of the Mekong River are only growing.
Laos: New Hydropower Dams, Old Mekong Worries
What Happened to North Korea's Defense Minister?
May 15, 2015
What Happened to North Korea's Defense Minister?
South Korea's NIS allegedly told lawmakers Hyon Yong-chol was executed via anti-aircraft gun.
What Happened to North Korea's Defense Minister?
Qatar Firm Fires Dozens of North Korean Workers
May 07, 2015
Qatar Firm Fires Dozens of North Korean Workers
The case sheds new light on the appalling conditions North Korean workers often face overseas.
Qatar Firm Fires Dozens of North Korean Workers
South Korea's Forgotten Mobile Phone Giant
May 06, 2015
South Korea's Forgotten Mobile Phone Giant
Once a competitor to Samsung and LG, Pantech has fallen into obscurity in recent years.
South Korea's Forgotten Mobile Phone Giant
South Korea Frets Over US-Japan Defense Guidelines
April 28, 2015
South Korea Frets Over US-Japan Defense Guidelines
New defense guidelines for the U.S.-Japan alliance have some analysts in South Korea worried.
South Korea Frets Over US-Japan Defense Guidelines
The High Cost of Removing Samsung From a Business Card
April 06, 2015
The High Cost of Removing Samsung From a Business Card
Samsung employees are protesting the sale of four units to Korean conglomerate Hanwha.
The High Cost of Removing Samsung From a Business Card
South Korea Beefs Up Cyber Security With an Eye on North Korea
April 01, 2015
South Korea Beefs Up Cyber Security With an Eye on North Korea
With the creation of a new presidential cybersecurity post, South Korea is getting serious about cyber defense.
South Korea Beefs Up Cyber Security With an Eye on North Korea
South Korea's Quest to Be a Major Space Power
March 27, 2015
South Korea's Quest to Be a Major Space Power
South Korea is on its way to become a major player in space.
South Korea's Quest to Be a Major Space Power
How Worried Should Seoul Be About North Korea's Missiles?
March 24, 2015
How Worried Should Seoul Be About North Korea's Missiles?
Does South Korea need THAAD to defend against Pyongyang's missiles?
How Worried Should Seoul Be About North Korea's Missiles?
South Korea Torn Between US and China
March 20, 2015
South Korea Torn Between US and China
Decisions on THAAD and AIIB have South Korea pulled in opposite directions by two of its most important partners.
South Korea Torn Between US and China
South Korea: Home to OECD's Thickest 'Glass Ceiling'
March 12, 2015
South Korea: Home to OECD's Thickest 'Glass Ceiling'
South Korea must solve its deep-rooted gender bias problem.
South Korea: Home to OECD's Thickest 'Glass Ceiling'
Did Japan Just Change Its Attitude Toward South Korea?
March 05, 2015
Did Japan Just Change Its Attitude Toward South Korea?
A change in Japan's official diplomatic language is causing a furor in South Korea.
Did Japan Just Change Its Attitude Toward South Korea?
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