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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on November 11th, 2011 at 7:55 am

Quote of the Week: Kim Hyun-jong On the KORUS FTA

Does anyone doubt that this is what is behind the US-ROK FTA protests?

Kim Hyun-jong, the ex-trade minister who led the FTA negotiations with the U.S. under the Roh Moo-hyun administration, said in a lecture, “Those who oppose to the FTA with the U.S. should seriously consider whether they have a problem with the FTA itself or with the partnership with the U.S. Korea opens up more under the FTA with the EU, but protests intensify only when it comes to the Korea-U.S. FTA.”  [Chosun Ilbo]

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  • Homeboy
    3:19 pm on November 11th, 2011 1

    :evil: I’m beginning to believe that North Korean element is fermenting this problem on order from Kim Jong Il.

  • Homeboy
    4:43 pm on November 11th, 2011 2

    Bring back the Defense Security Command… :|

  • Jinro Dukkohbi
    4:17 am on November 12th, 2011 3

    We know its not really that IDC (investor dispute clause – even though, I believe it is included in the ROK-EU FTA already). The real issue has got to be those mad, mad cows…because there was NEVER a case of mad-cow in Europe, right…? :roll:

  • Denny
    5:38 am on November 12th, 2011 4

    Most Americans, Democrats and Republicans, don’t want any free trade agreements. They claim that American jobs will be shipped overseas. Only the politicians, working for the CEO’s, want them.

  • Homeboy
    6:26 am on November 12th, 2011 5

    Korean manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas… Not many decent jobs here any more…

  • eslwriter
    10:43 pm on November 13th, 2011 6

    Koreans should be protesting the FTA if it allows the chaebol to further hollow out the country’s manufacturing sector.

    Korean companies have created more than 1 million manufacturing jobs in China alone (according to former Bank of Korea chief). That explains, in part, why fresh uni grads can’t get a job.

    It seems like the leaders of the big companies are willing to lead the Minjok chant but they won’t educate their kids here nor invest in the Han’s economic future.


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