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With Trilateral Summit, China, Japan, South Korea Look for a Reset

With Trilateral Summit, China, Japan, South Korea Look for a Reset

By Duncan Bartlett
Despite obvious friction points, the three leaders are hoping to make progress on economic cooperation – especially a long-sought FTA.

Will Frozen China-South Korea Relations Thaw as Seoul Hosts Upcoming Trilateral Summit?

Will Frozen China-South Korea Relations Thaw as Seoul Hosts Upcoming Trilateral Summit?

By Seong-Hyon Lee
Chinese Premier Li Qiang’s expected visit for the summit will be a crucial indicator of the future of strained Seoul-Beijing relations under South Korea’s pro-U.S. President Yoon Suk-yeol.
When China Banned Korean Boy Bands

When China Banned Korean Boy Bands

By Khalifah Muhammad and Brandon Valeriano
Back in 2017, when South Korea opted to deploy the U.S. THAAD system, one response from China was to ban K-pop acts from touring the country. It was a reminder of the salience of soft power.

South Korea’s Surprisingly Successful China Policy

South Korea’s Surprisingly Successful China Policy

By Derek Grossman
Despite talking tough on Beijing, President Yoon Suk-yeol has helped stabilize the two nations' relationship.

The Korean Wave’s Rocky Road in China

The Korean Wave’s Rocky Road in China

By Wang Linbin
After over six years, China has partially removed its ban on South Korean cultural content, but hallyu in China may never return to its glory days.

South Korea’s Economic Security Dilemma

South Korea’s Economic Security Dilemma

By Moksh Suri and Abhishek Sharma
As China-U.S. competition securitizes more and more economic transactions, Seoul’s old balancing act between the rivals is becoming trickier to sustain.

China Halts Visas for Japan, South Korea in COVID-19 Spat

China Halts Visas for Japan, South Korea in COVID-19 Spat

By Ken Moritsugu
China's move appeared to be retaliation for “discriminatory entry measures” against Chinese travelers amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.
South Koreans Have the World’s Most Negative Views of China. Why?  

South Koreans Have the World’s Most Negative Views of China. Why?  

By Richard Q. Turcsanyi and Esther E. Song
The explanation goes well beyond the oft-mentioned THAAD dispute.

China’s Top Legislator to Meet South Korea Leaders for Talks

China’s Top Legislator to Meet South Korea Leaders for Talks

By Hyung-jin Kim
Li, chairman of the standing committee of China's National People's Congress, heads a 66-member Chinese delegation to South Korea that includes three Cabinet-level officials. 

Don’t Mistake South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol for a China Hawk

Don’t Mistake South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol for a China Hawk

By Joel Atkinson
On 3 big issues – THAAD missile defense, Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and South Korea, and the Chip 4 semiconductor initiative – Yoon has been careful not to anger Beijing.

Is South Korea’s President Yoon Really ‘Tough on China’?

Is South Korea’s President Yoon Really ‘Tough on China’?

By Jae Chang
Despite President Yoon Suk-yeol’s campaign promises, his actions show that South Korea’s foreign policy still operates within Chinese constraints.
China, South Korea Foreign Ministers Pledge Deepened Cooperation

China, South Korea Foreign Ministers Pledge Deepened Cooperation

By Shannon Tiezzi
Despite campaign-trail promises to get tough on China, the Yoon administration in practice has been more cautious in its dealings with Beijing.

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