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).
Central Economic Work Conference
The big picture from China’s most important economic meeting of the year / SCMP
“The most senior members of China’s Communist Party have just wrapped up a three-day, closed-door meeting on where they think the Chinese economy should head.” The article is a list of the SCMP’s key takeaways — nothing surprising. Xinhua News Agency’s report on the conference is here.
Sanctions on North Korea, or maybe not
U.S. gives China draft proposal for tougher North Korea sanctions / Reuters
Exclusive: China’s border city with North Korea eases tourism curbs / Reuters
How China’s clean air push backfired on Xi Jinping / Bloomberg