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As South Korean companies suffer in China, politicians fight back

op business and technology news for April 4, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Chinese state media asks: Is there nepotism in the White House?"
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Lucas Niewenhuis

Anti-Korean sentiment in China continues to run high, and South Korean politicians are becoming increasingly vocal in condemning China’s unofficial boycotts of imports from their country. Last week, the South Korean ambassador to China distributed a letter to multiple ministries in Beijing calling for an end to retaliation against the South Korean company Lotte — see this Wall Street Journal report (paywall) for details. Furthermore, all but one of 189 South Korean lawmakers in attendance at a national legislative meeting voted for a resolution denouncing Chinese restrictions on tourism and regulations against South Korea.

Adding to South Korea’s China woes, sources told Reuters that both Kia and Hyundai had recently cut shifts in their production plants in China. It is a response to what one source claimed was a combined 52 percent sales slump in China for the companies in March relative to a year ago.

By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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