China-South Korea cultural exchanges not affected by THAAD deployment: official

The cultural exchanges between China and South Korea have not been affected by the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea, a Chinese official said on Thursday.

"I noticed that many film makers attended the just concluded Busan International Film Festival. As far as I know, many cooperation projects between China and South Korea are progressing to different degrees," said Zhang Hongsen, deputy director of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, in a group interview on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

"Cultural exchanges are not about goods trade, it is about people and emotion. If the emotions are known by the two countries' people, the cultural cooperation and exchanges will go on a correct course ..... That is a question that we both are facing," said Zhang.

The relations between China and South Korea have soured since Seoul decided to install the THAAD system, triggering anti-South Korea sentiment in China and hindering the imports of South Korean cultural products to China.

According to South Korean media reports, the bilateral relationship has warmed up since Moon Jae-in took the post of president. Many music dramas produced by South Korea were allowed to stage in China, according to the reports.

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