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Chinese, S. Korean culture crazes strengthen bilateral relations

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

11-10-2015 17:34 BJT

By Hu Yifeng, director, research branch of literary criticism center, China Literature and Art Association; PhD; member, Chinese Literary Criticism Association

The fifth People's Republic of China-Republic of Korea (ROK) cultural exhibition was held in Yongin Gallery, South Korea on November 3-8.

China sent a seven-member delegation with more than one hundred of artworks to participate in the cultural exchange. The Chinese delegation came to introduce Chinese culture and experience Korean culture in an effort to promote friendship and cultural development between the two countries.

During Premier Li Keqiang's visit to South Korea prior to the exhibition, he noted that the craze for South Korean pop culture among Chinese youth generates an instinctive warmth for Korean culture, while Chinese culture is also getting popular  in South Korea.

During Li's visit to South Korea, one member of the delegation, Chang Hao, a representative of the All-China Youth Federation and one of China's best Go players created a buzz. The game of Go, a shared passion, demonstrated Beijing's strong will to cooperate with South Korea in the cultural industry.

The game of Go which originated in China and spread to East Asia has a long history and profound folk foundation in both China and South Korea. For years, China and South Korea have competed and developed the game. China and South Korea Go associations and players have forged a profound friendship. In the history of China-Korean cultural exchange and diplomacy, Go has played an important role as a bridge connecting the two countries for their friendship.

China-South Korean cultural exchange has played an important role in the healthy development of bilateral relations. As close neighbors, China and South Korea enjoy a geographical proximity and cultural similarities, and are widely influenced by Confucian culture, which enjoys an important influence in East Asian civilization.

Historically, the peoples of the two countries have helped each other when they faced humbling circumstances and danger. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations 23 years ago, China-South Korean have carried out effective exchanges and cooperation in cultural, arts and academic fields.

These exchanges have strengthened the friendship between the two peoples.

In recent years the  Chinese and South Korean governments have attached great importance to bolster the mechanisms for official and folk exchanges, and greatly promoted the learning and understanding between the two cultures.

For example, the Chinese Ministry of Culture and the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism jointly held the China-ROK Culture Industry Forum. The China-South Korea joint committee for humanitarian and cultural exchangeswas forged by the two nations' ministries of culture and education. Activities like these and China Day in Seoul have offered a foundation for mutual cooperation in culture and other fields.

The China International Performing Arts Fair, Seoul International Performing Arts Fair, Changzhou Animation Festival, Chuncheon Animation Festival, Shanghai International Arts Festival and Tongyeong International Music Festival have served as platforms for the artists exchange between the two countries.

In China, South Korean-style TV shows, fashion, accessories and computer-animated games have become thoroughly embedded in popular life. "Professor Du" (Kim Soo Hyun) is a well-known star as South Korean pop culture has proven a big hit with the Chinese public.

In South Korea, the number of people learning Chinese is growing. Subway stations broadcast in Chinese. Chinese New Year--Spring Festival and other cultural activities are also gaining popularity. South Korean and Chinese pop cultures and crazes enhance each other, reflecting an appreciation for both Chinese and Korean dreams. They reveal cultural communication’s extraordinary role and significance in China-South Korea relations.

As long as cultural exchanges pave the way for healthy bilateral relations, they will continue to boost economic and trade exchanges, and bilateral relations.

China is South Korea's largest trade partner. South Korea is China's third-largest. Mutual investment totals nearly $70 billion. China is South Korea's second-largest overseas investment destination. South Korea is China's third-largest.

Premier Li Keqiang's visit to South Korea focused on promotion ofcooperation and integration of the four development strategies of the two nations, such as China's "popular entrepreneurship and innovation" policy and South Korea’s "creative economy"; "Made in China 2025" and "3.0 strategy for manufacturing"; the two countries' policy of opening up a third-party market and China's Belt and Road Initiative and South Korea's Eurasia Initiative. Undoubtedly these will all inject fresh momentum into the cultural exchanges between China and South Korea. Mutual cultural exchanges will enter a new era with a brighter prospects.


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