Yonhap News Summary | Yonhap News Agency

The following is the first summary of important news released by Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday.

(LEAD) PM meets with Japan’s Kishida and calls for improved relations

TOKYO – South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo met Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo on Wednesday and called for improved ties between the two countries as it serves their common interests.

South Korea and Japan “are close neighbors and important cooperation partners who share democratic values ​​and market economy principles,” Han said during the meeting with Kishida, which came a day after he attended the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

(LEAD) Harris’ trip to DMZ will highlight US commitment to South Korea’s security: US official

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said the trip had been planned for weeks, despite the sudden announcement of plans this week.

The new executive director of the Buddhist Jogye order takes office

SEOUL – The new executive chief of the Jogye order, South Korea’s largest Buddhist sect, took office on Wednesday, beginning his four-year tenure.

Ven. Jinwoo arrived at the Jogye Temple compound in downtown Seoul and paid tribute at Daeungjeon Main Hall before entering his office. He made no comments.

(LEAD) South Korea’s new COVID-19 cases fall to a 12-week low for Wednesday’s count

SEOUL — South Korea’s new COVID-19 cases fell to around 36,000 on Wednesday, the lowest in 12 weeks for a Wednesday number, as the virus wave has gradually slowed.

S. Korea and EU discuss responses to US EV tax incentives

SEOUL — South Korea is seeking joint responses with European Union member states over a new U.S. law that excludes EVs assembled outside of North America from tax incentives, the Industry Ministry said on Wednesday.

Deputy Commerce Minister Jeong Dae-jin met with 18 ambassadors from EU countries including Denmark, Ireland, Austria, Italy and France in Seoul and asked them to pay attention to the discriminatory nature of the Anti-Inflation Act (IRA), the Ministry of Commerce said. industry and energy.

(Yonhap Interview) Netherlands expects stronger chip partnership with South Korea: foreign minister

SEOUL – The Netherlands and South Korea have great potential for greater cooperation in the semiconductor, artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technology sectors to strengthen their economic security and help ensure resilient global supply chains, the top Dutch diplomat said.

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Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra pointed out that both sides have much in common as trading nations dependent on the international order, free trade and alliances for protection and development.

South Korea’s Global Digital Competitiveness Ranking Climbs to 8th: IMD

SEOUL — South Korea’s global ranking of digital technology competitiveness climbed to 8th this year, the Ministry of Science said on Wednesday, citing the International Institute for Management Development (IMD).

According to the ministry, South Korea has improved four notches from 12th place last year in the 2022 IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking report. The country ranked 19th in 2017 and later peaked at 14th and 10th in 2018 and 2019.