South Korea becoming more “diverse“:
Some 1.74 million foreigners live in Korea at present, accounting for 3.4 percent of the total population, according to the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs.
But data compiled by regional governments reveal a more diverse demographic landscape where foreigners account for more than five percent in 12 metropolitan cities.
Societies are usually considered multicultural when foreigners account for more than five percent of the population.
President Park Geun-hye joined Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday for a massive military parade commemorating the end of World War II. She stood alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and other dignitaries in Tiananmen Square as thousands of troops and millions of dollars worth of equipment passed by in the carefully choreographed event….
Park decided to attend despite the West’s anxiety as she walks a fine line between her government’s close political ties with the United States and a booming economic relationship with China.
China now accounts for a full quarter of Korea’s overseas trade and has become the nation’s top trading partner. The South Korean government also often looks to the Chinese for their influence over the increasingly unpredictable North Korea.
“The main reason for the decision to attend the military parade was the belief that China’s cooperation is essential, not only for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, but reunification as well,” a government official said.