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Medical workers wearing protective gear take samples from a driver with suspected symptoms of coronavirus at a test facility in Goyang, north of Seoul, on Feb. 29.

Without Mass Testing, the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Keep Spreading

Countries such as South Korea that test thousands of people per day have slowed the outbreak. Other nations must adopt Seoul’s model before it’s too late.

Officers assist passengers arriving at a quarantine station at Narita airport on March 9. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on March 5  that foreign arrivals who have recently been in China or South Korea would be required to spend 14 days in quarantine.

Japan and Korea Won’t Let A Pandemic Stop Them Fighting

Existing quarrels are being pushed forward as the virus spreads.

People line up to buy face masks in Seoul

South Korea’s President Tried to Help China Contain the Coronavirus. Now People Want Him Impeached.

Beijing and Seoul were finally starting to get along. Then the coronavirus struck, South Korea decided to send masks, and everybody got mad.

A South Korean health worker sprays disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus at a residential area near the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus on Feb. 27.

Cults and Conservatives Spread Coronavirus in South Korea

Seoul seemed to have the virus under control. But religion and politics have derailed plans.

Sky Pizza in Seoul

‘Parasite’ Has a Hidden Backstory of Middle-Class Failure and Chicken Joints

In a few words, Bong Joon-ho conjured up a whole tale of economic insecurity.

South Korea’s Hyundai

Coronavirus Begins to Spread Economic Gloom Worldwide

Supply chain disruptions are upsetting markets globally, but especially in Asia.

Lee Sun-kyun and Jo Yeo-jeong in “Parasite.”

How a Samsung Heiress Helped Make ‘Parasite’ a Triumph

Miky Lee’s money and influence turned South Korean cinema into a powerhouse.

Medical staff transfer patients to hospital in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 17.

Wuhan’s 11 Million People Face Quarantine as Virus Fears Spread

Trains and flights out of the central Chinese city have been canceled as the toll from a new coronavirus grows.

An altar with photographs of the victims who were killed in a plane crash in Iran is seen at a vigil in Ottawa, Ontario, on Jan. 9.

Canada’s Path to Justice from Iran Over Shot-Down Flight Will Be Hard

States have been historically reluctant to take responsibility for attacks on civilian planes.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in

South Korea’s Groundhog Year

Moon Jae-in has done everything he can to get his country right back where it started.


The Words That Explained the World in 2019

A look at terms from India and El Salvador to South Korea and Ukraine.

Chinese soldiers sit atop tanks as they drive in a parade to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

China Is Blowing Its Chance in the Asia-Pacific

Beijing needs a better strategy to ease the United States out.

U.S. President Donald Trump, right and South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Trump’s Penny-Pinching Dooms His Korean Diplomacy

The U.S. president stumbled into rare success with Pyongyang. Now he’s screwing it up.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for the NATO summit at the Grove hotel northwest of London on Dec. 4.

What Trump Gets Right About Alliances

The president is correct to call the bluff of rich allies who free-ride on U.S. military might.

South Korean soldiers participate in the 71st annual Armed Forces Day at an air base in Daegu on Oct. 1.

Tired of U.S. Dependence, South Korea Seeks to Build—and Sell—Its Own Weapons

The military is turning its focus to domestic research and development and seeking to become a major arms supplier, and that is scaring North Korea.

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