How South Korea's economic future is getting trumped

While China's Xi Jinping is making the headlines generated by the US-China trade war, spare a thought for South Korea's Moon Jae-in.

Mr Moon was elected President in May 2017 with a mandate to revitalise Asia's fourth-biggest economy. His predecessor, Ms Park Geun-hye, had just been impeached and imprisoned on bribery and corruption charges. Expectations were sky high as he set out to rebuild public trust and boost competitiveness.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2019, with the headline 'How South Korea's economic future is getting trumped'. Print Edition | Subscribe