A South Korea detente derailed?


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).