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▲Yin Xiyue met with Tesla CEO Musk online

South Korean President Yoon Seok-yue met with Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla (TESLA) and SpaceX (SpaceX), via video on the 23rd, and called on Tesla to invest in South Korea. Musk said that he regards South Korea as one of the preferred investment destinations, and will comprehensively consider investment conditions such as human resources, technical level, and production environment of candidate countries in the Asian region and make relevant decisions. He also said that Tesla will strengthen its supply chain cooperation with Korean companies, and it is estimated that Tesla's procurement of Korean components may exceed US$10 billion next year.

▲South Korea's first self-developed new crown vaccine has ceased production and is facing destruction

With the increase in the vaccination rate of the new crown vaccine in South Korea, the improved version of the new crown vaccine will be uniformly administered from the third dose in the future. SK Biosciences has suspended the production of South Korea's first self-developed new crown vaccine, and the possibility of the existing inventory being destroyed becomes higher. As demand for existing vaccines plummeted, drugmakers such as Moderna and Pfizer turned to producing improved vaccines, but SK Biosciences has yet to develop an improved vaccine. According to data from the Department of Disease Management, the cumulative number of people vaccinated with this vaccine is only more than 2,000.

▲Statistics: The population born in the third quarter of Korea decreased by 3.7% year-on-year, the lowest in the same quarter

According to a report released by the Korea Statistical Office on the 23rd, the birth population in the third quarter of this year decreased by 3.7% year-on-year to 64,085 people, the lowest record in the third quarter since the start of relevant statistics in 1981. As of the first three quarters of this year, the cumulative birth population decreased by 5.2% year-on-year to 192,223 people. Taking into account the trend of fewer births as the end of the year approaches, the number of births this year may only be around 250,000.

▲5.6% of the top 100 female executives in Korea topped 400 for the first time

According to statistics released on the 23rd by the South Korean headhunting company "Unico Search", the statistics of the top 100 listed companies in terms of sales last year showed that the total number of female executives in these companies increased by 25.2% year-on-year to 403. The number of female executives in the top 100 Korean companies has increased year by year, from 13 in 2004 to 114 in 2013 and 216 in 2018. However, they only account for 5.6% of the overall executives (7,175) of the top 100 companies. Shinsegae Group chairman Lee Myung-hee is the only one who serves as the chairman, and CJ Group vice-chairman Lee Mi-kyung, Daesang Group vice-chairmen Park Hyun-joo and Lim Se-ryung are the vice-chairmen. (Finish)

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South Korea announces draft space plan to plan manned space flight in 2050 Yonhap News Agency, Seoul, November 30th. The South Korean government released the fourth basic plan for space development (draft) on the 30th, proposing the vision of sending manned spacecraft into space by 2050. On the same day, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Information and Communications held the fourth public space development basic plan hearing and released the above-mentioned draft. The draft proposes five major tasks for the development of the space industry, namely expanding the scope of space exploration, sending manned spacecraft into space, deploying the space industry, maintaining space security, and conducting space scientific research. According to the fourth development plan, South Korea will cultivate a space industry ecosystem by 2030, and develop the space industry into one of the country's top ten major industries by 2050; continue to develop and launch launch vehicles to improve space technology; Establish a space and ground security support system; actively conduct space science research by 2030, and contribute to the growth of human space knowledge. According to the "Space Development Promotion Act", South Korea prepares a basic plan for space development every five years, and proposes medium and long-term policy goals and directions for national space development. The fourth phase of the draft plan released on the same day will be finalized after deliberation by the National Aerospace Council within this year. (Finish) [Copyright belongs to Yonhap News Agency, unauthorized reproduction is strictly prohibited]

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