A Chinese streaming platform has resumed distribution of South Korean content after a nearly six-year hiatus, South Korean officials said in what Seoul called a sign of Beijing’s willingness to improve ties on Tuesday.
Chinese streaming site Tencent (TCEHY) began distributing a movie by South Korean director Hong Sang-soo, “Hotel by the River,” earlier this month, they said. the THAAD US missile defense system stationed in South Korea.
A South Korean presidential official linked the timing of the gesture to a recent summit between South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Yoon and Xi held their first face-to-face talks in Bali last week, during which both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation. It was the first meeting between the leaders of the two countries since 2019.
Kim Eun-hye, Yoon’s press secretary, said the South Korean president stressed the need to promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges at the meeting, and the change at Tencent appeared to be a “reaction” from Beijing .
Relations between South Korea and China have frayed in recent years following South Korea’s installation of the THAAD system in 2017 to better deal with North Korea’s evolving missile threats.
China had argued that THAAD’s powerful radar could peer into its skies, and responded by sharply cutting trade and cultural imports with South Korea, dealing a major blow to bilateral relations.