China and South Korea reached agreement over THAAD situation.
So to catch you up, THAAD stands for Terminal High Altitude Are Defence. America annouced that they’ll deploy THAAD to South Korea in early 2016. China being a long time ally to North Korea saw this as an attack on their country as well as North Korea. Long story short, China being one of the biggest trading companies with South Korea, decided to put a ban on their relationship.
This meant anything South Korean produced, including K-pop and K-dramas were banned from entering mainland China. This saw a huge detriment to South Korea, as they lost one of their biggest markets. It also limited the promotion of Chinese members in K-pop groups.
Fast forward a year, China and South Korea have decided to move past their year-long dispute. Instead they’ll focus on developing an even better relationship between the two countries. As quoted by the South Korean foreign minister, they wish to get back to a ‘normal development path swiftly’.
What does this mean for K-pop and K-drama?
On November 1st MAMAMOO performed in SiChuan for ‘6th ABU TV Song Festival 2017′. The performance was aired on Chinese television. There are also talks of TV stations in China reaching back out to South Korean stations, especially in light of the upcoming ‘2018 Pyeongchang Olympics”. Travel packages between China and South Korea have also opened.
So it looks like it won’t be long before it’ll all be back to normal.
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Written by Jessica
Edited by Narelle
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