A South Korea detente derailed? - SupChina

A South Korea detente derailed?

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Only a week ago, South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Beijing and pledged a “new start” after over a year of troubled relations. The visit was marred, however, by Chinese security agents seriously injuring some visiting journalists — including kicking one in the head — leading South Korea to demand an apology. No apology has been given. In fact, South Korea has reportedly felt a few more swipes to the face:

  • “A fleet of 44 Chinese fishing boats” swarmed a South Korean coast guard boat in the country’s waters, prompting it to fire 249 warning shots, Reuters reports.
  • China has banned tour groups from visiting South Korea, two tour groups confirmed to the Financial Times (paywall).

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.