The Heat: South Korea swears in Moon Jae-in as new president

The Heat

South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-In speaks during a press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 10, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / JUNG YEON-JE)

South Koreans have voted and former human rights attorney Moon Jae-in is the country’s next leader. So, what can we expect from the new president?

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In waves to his supporters as he greets members of staff as he arrives near the presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 10, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES)

Moon won the country’s elections with more than 40 percent of the vote and took office just a day later. He takes the helm of a country wrestling with economic woes and tension with neighboring DPRK.

CGTN’s Jack Barton reports from Seoul.

To discuss the outlook for South Korea:

  • Esther Park, chief correspondent of the New York Bureau for the Korean Broadcasting System, or KBS.
  • Jee Abbey Lee, a reporter with Voice of America.
  • Qinduo Xu, a political analyst for China Radio International.
  • Jonathan Pollack, Interim SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.

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