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The Korean Ambassador’s Visit to the New Malden
Rotary Club
desperate and relations
Acting President Alan with South Korea,
Vincent welcomed the China, Russia and the
Korean Ambassador U.S. are at an all time MEGHNA
Chung Yung-woo who low. The region is very
gave an after dinner isolated internationally
talk to the Rotary club and the local population EST 1999
of New Malden on 27th is desperately poor and
April. Three ladies has severe freedom of
representing the local movement restrictions
Korean community and even between towns. The
involved in the New economy is in decline and
Malden Fortnight programme also attended violence in homes is on
the meeting. the increase. The current leader is very old and
in poor health. The average age of the North
The Ambassador began his talk by saying how Korean politburo is 70/80 years. The general
pleased he was to be invited and that New outlook is poor but force for change will come Y
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Malden now played host to the largest Korean as the conditions worsen.
community in Europe and that Koreans were
now settling here on a permanent basis and Meanwhile, in South Korea the effect of the
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opening businesses. Koreans on secondment global downturn has not been as severe as
are in the minority. expected and no banks have had to be bailed
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out. Economic growth has been positive for
Chung Yung-woo went on to speak about the first two months of this year. However,
Korea explaining the importance of the Korean exports which are important have declined and
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peninsular as a strategic and geo-political big companies have suffered. Nevertheless,
location involving China, Japan and Russia who this maybe an opportunity for exports and so
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have all had territorial ambitions for the area increase market share. For example, even now
since the late 19th century. Korean shipbuilding has 40% of world output
with a two year backlog.
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Ambassador Chung Yung-woo has spent the
last 4 years heading the negotiating team with After the talk, questions were invited by Alan
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North Korea which has been difficult. However, Vincent .These tended to include the difficulties
on the 5th April North Korea launched a rocket, of eventual Korean reunification and it was
disguised as a peaceful test, 2/3 days after talks emphasised that cultural attitudes will be the
in the UK. The real objective was to test long most difficult challenge to overcome as opposed
range missile capability with nuclear weapons. to economic integration.
This action incurred sanctions by the U.N. and a
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boycott of the six party talks. This has become The involvement of the Korean Community
an ongoing international situation. with Rotary was raised and the Ambassador
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The prospect of eventual unification of North kept their own company but suggested that we
and South Korea is a major issue and regional should concentrate on involving in Rotary one 31 Central Road
politics are important. There are important or two of the influential members of the Korean
strategic issues as the balance of power community and that this could encourage
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between Japan and China and US influence membership by other Koreans. The talk was
are all involved. There is no equivalent of the concluded by the Ambassador mentioning his
European Union i.e. arms control, so there is coming meetings with the Mayor of Kingston
uncertainty in many political areas. However, and Community leaders.
in his opinion, it is very likely that within 10-15
years unity between North and South Korea will
be achieved but integration will take a long time.
The internal domestic situation of North Korea is
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