Yonhap News Agency, Seoul, November 24. The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on the 24th that the 26th meeting of the South Korea-China Joint Economic and Trade Committee was held on the same day by video connection.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Im Soo-seok released the above news at a regular press conference on the same day. Im Soo-seok said that the South Korean side requests the Chinese side to pay attention to and assist in further strengthening cultural and creative exchanges between the two countries in films, performances, games, and TV dramas. In this regard, China stated that it takes a positive attitude towards cultural exchanges between China and South Korea, which will invigorate cultural and creative exchanges between the two countries, and enhance mutual understanding and friendly relations between the two peoples.
The Korea-China Joint Economic and Trade Committee is a comprehensive economic cooperation consultation mechanism held annually by the two countries since 1993. This year's meeting was held online due to the epidemic situation in China. Yin Shengde, economic and diplomatic coordinator of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, and Li Fei, assistant minister of China's Ministry of Commerce, served as the chief representatives of both parties.
It is worth noting that Korean movies have recently been re-launched on Chinese video-on-demand (OTT) platforms, and the market has high expectations for the resumption of Korean cultural and creative exports to China. Under such circumstances, the meeting on the same day may exchange views on lowering the threshold of China's "restriction measures" against the Hallyu wave. Im Soo-seok said that the government has taken various opportunities to emphasize to the Chinese side the importance of Korean-Chinese creative exchanges, and will continue to maintain consultations with the Chinese side. The government will communicate and coordinate with China at all levels, and strive to promote the development of bilateral relations in a healthier and more mature direction.
As for the prospect of Korean cultural and creative content consumption in China in the future, an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it is difficult to predict at present, but considering that Korean cultural and creative content is very popular in the world, it is expected that the Chinese people’s demand for cultural and creative content will continue to be strong. (Finish)
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