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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Special report on the Korean-American alliance


Special report on the Korean-American alliance


http://www.washingtontimes.com/specials/special-report-korean-american-alliance/


The latest information on the Korean-American alliance as South Korean President Park Geun-hye visits the United States.


Obama to host Park Geun-hye as South Korea's growing ties to China threaten alliance


By Guy Taylor - The Washington Times


President Obama is expected to highlight this week's U.S. visit by South Korean President Park Geun-hye as an example of the rock-solid alliance between Washington and Seoul -- but a range of sticky issues will lurk in the backdrop behind Ms. Park's visit to the White House at week's end. Published October 12, 2015





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