It is now a year since China criticized and even called a boycott of South Korea’s products following Seoul’s decision to allow the US to deploy their antimissile system. Beijing saw the move as a threat to her security. However, on Tuesday, the tables turned for South Korea following the boycott lift by China. This happened as the two countries finally decided to bury the hatchet. Nonetheless, South Korea continues to keep the antimissile system.
The move, which can be termed as abrupt and unexpected, is likely to scramble Donald Trump’s calculations on dealing with allies just a day to his first trip to Asia since becoming America’s president.
China’s President Xi Jinping’s move seems to support the narrative that China’s lack of support for the US to deploy the system in South Korea would not weaken the ties that the US has with the South Korean government.
Despite the lift, it is feared that Donald Trump could still face challenges while trying to lobby support from other nations in the region to put more pressure on North Korea to stop their Nuclear and missile programs. However, the economic ties that are rebuild will likely improve the diplomatic and bilateral relationship between the two nations.
As it is, North Korea’s president Moon Jae-in is ready for diplomacy talks with her North Korea’s counterpart than even Donald trump or Japan’s Premiere, Shinzo Abe.