Chinese FM stresses distribution of many S.Korean shows in China, refuting allegation of 'ban'

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Photo: Screenshot of DoubanChina has imported and distributed many South Korean movies and TV dramas since last year, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday, refuting allegations of the existence of a "restriction" policy on South Korean entertainment content, when asked about media reports that Chinese regulators had allowed South Korean movies to be streamed "after a six-year suspension. "In response to the question whether more South Korean movies and TV dramas will be approved for distribution in China in the future, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian reiterated at a regular press briefing on Wednesday that China has never imposed a so-called ban on South Korean entertainment but holds an open attitude toward people-to-people exchanges and cooperation with South Korea. "To my knowledge, China has imported and played a number of South Korean movies and TV dramas since last year," Zhao said.Chinese video platforms have launched more South Korean films and TV shows. The South Korean film, Hotel by the River, is streaming on a video platform in China, and more than 10 South Korean TV dramas have been available on other Chinese video platforms including Youku since the first half of 2022.Zhao said Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of mutual interest, and reached a series of important consensuses in a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, Zhao said.During the bilateral meeting in Bali, Xi said China is ready to work with South Korea to uphold, consolidate and advance bilateral relations, including working with South Korea to promote cultural exchanges and cooperation. Yoon expressed his wishes to maintain interactions with China on various levels, step up people-to-people exchanges, enhance the friendship between their people, uphold the free trade system and jointly tackle global challenges.China is willing to work with South Korea to follow through on the important common understandings reached between the two leaders and deepen bilateral relations, said Zhao, stressing that both sides need to meet each other halfway to promote cooperation and China wishes to work with South Korea to make positive efforts to enliven bilateral people-to-people exchanges and enhance mutual understanding and friendship.Global Times
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Police and rescuers are treating the injured and dealing with the victims at the stampede site in Seoul's Itaewon Halloween crowd crush, South Korea. Photo: People's Daily's Weibo accountAt least four Chinese nationals were confirmed dead and two others were injured in Seoul's Itaewon Halloween crowd crush on Sunday, CCTV quoted the Chinese Embassy in South Korea as saying. The Chinese embassy issued a statement on Sunday to remind Chinese citizens in South Korea to strengthen security precautions, and said that it is communicating with the local authorities and paying close attention to the situation of Chinese citizens.The Chinese embassy has expressed its condolences to the South Korean government over the incident, and asked the local authorities to find out the cause of the incident and to appropriately handle the matters related to the Chinese victims. Most of the dead were young people and nineteen were foreigners, according to media reports.After holding an emergency meeting, South Korea's President, Yoon Suk-yeol, ordered a task force to be set up to help treat the injured. Meanwhile, Chinese citizens should also take precautions against the epidemic and stay in close contact with their families and friends.More than 750,000 Chinese citizens live in South Korea, accounting for 44 percent of foreign residents in the country, according to official figures released by South Korean authorities at the end of 2021.Global Times

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G20 concludes striving to seek common ground, push cooperation

Western countries are trying to use a geopolitical crisis to further sabotage the unity of the international community, said the experts.Development is the key for countries around the globe to deal with the common challenges, said analysts, and when Chinese President Xi Jinping called for collective action and close cooperation to make global development more inclusive, beneficial to all, and more resilient, many attendees to the G20 sessions showed their support.Zheng Yongnian, a political scientist and organizer of the Strategy 20 International Conference, which brings together thinkers and strategists from G20 countries for dialogue, noted China's central role on the global economic stage. "As the world's second-largest economy, China has the ability, willingness and experience to improve the world order, and it will also help the further growth of the world economy in the technical and economic fields," Zheng told the Global Times on Tuesday.For instance, in the field of digital economy, China plays a unique role especially with its significant resources and influence. "These major economies worldwide are mainly key regional powers or major powers with global influence, and their attitude has reflected that they recognized China's global influence, and respect China's stance on core interests, and they want to keep boosting interconnectivity with China, rather than decoupling," said Li.As Xi noted, to deepen cooperation among all countries is the only viable way to get through the difficult times, said Mohammed Saqib, an Indian economist and secretary-general of the India-China Economic and Cultural Council. "China has set an example of collaboration and commitment with other countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic. China has acted in a very balanced and responsible way by keeping global supply chains on track without further military escalations.

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