Tencent: China resumes streaming South Korean content material after six-year suspension

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, “Hotel by the River,” earlier this month, they mentioned, within the first such transfer after Beijing successfully banned Okay-pop imports amid stress over the THAAD US missile protection 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 international locations since 2019.

Kim Eun-hye, Yoon’s press secretary, mentioned the South Korean president careworn the necessity to promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges on the assembly, and the change at Tencent seemed to be a “response” from Beijing.

Relations between South Korea and China have been frayed in recent times following the set up in South Korea of the THAAD system in 2017 to higher counter North Korea’s evolving missile threats.

China had argued that THAAD’s highly effective radar may peer into its airspace, and reacted by sharply slicing commerce and cultural imports with South Korea, in a serious blow to bilateral ties.