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Foreign Relations Of The Two Koreas In 2008

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The change of president in the Republic of Korea (ROK) brought a new approach towards some foreign policy matters. President Lee Myung-bak set out to restore what he claimed were damaged relations with the United States (US) and Japan, while hoping to avoid offending other countries such as the People's Republic of China (PRC) and Russia. Negotiations with the European Union on a free trade agreement (FTA) continued, with little result. Throughout the year, the PRC continued to play a leading role in keeping the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) engaged on the nuclear issue. The abduction issue dominate DPRK-Japan relations. Russia continued to call for moderation in dealing with the DPRK, and to play its part in supplying fuel oil. It also gave some food aid and signed agreements relating to railway rehabilitation in the Rajin area, the site of the DPRK's first special economic zone.

Keywords: Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK); DPRK-Japan relation; foreign policy matters; free trade agreement (FTA); Republic of China (PRC); Republic of Korea (ROK)

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