A Chinese language streaming platform has resumed distributing South Korean content material after suspending it for almost six years, South Korean officers mentioned on Tuesday, in what Seoul known as an indication of Beijing’s readiness to enhance ties.
China’s streaming website Tencent
(TCEHY) started distributing a movie by South Korean director Hong Sang-soo, “Resort by the River,” earlier this month, they mentioned, within the first such transfer after Beijing effectively banned K-pop imports amid rigidity over the THAAD US missile defense system stationed in South Korea.
A South Korean presidential official linked the timing of the gesture to a latest summit between South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Chinese language President Xi Jinping.
Yoon and Xi held their first face-to-face talks in Bali final week throughout which each side agreed to spice up cooperation. It marked the primary assembly between leaders of the 2 nations since 2019.
Kim Eun-hye, Yoon’s press secretary, mentioned the South Korean president pressured the necessity to promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges on the assembly, and the change at Tencent gave the impression to be a “response” from Beijing.
Relations between South Korea and China have been frayed lately following the set up in South Korea of the THAAD system in 2017 to raised counter North Korea’s evolving missile threats.
China had argued that THAAD’s highly effective radar might peer into its airspace, and reacted by sharply reducing commerce and cultural imports with South Korea, in a serious blow to bilateral ties.