Asia: Iron fist, velvet glove

Author: | Published: 26 May 2017

Following months of a political vacuum at the top of South Korea's political chain, the world's 11th economy has elected a human rights lawyer-turned-politician candidate to head a country increasingly resentful towards the chaebol, or family-owned conglomerates. Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea, who served as chief of staff to the late president Roh Moo-hyun, has been widely touted as the first liberal president in South Korea after nine years of conservative rule.

Moon has made it clear to both the Korean...