China’s CCTV and Korea’s KBS Sign Agreement, Potentially Signaling End to Content Ban

China’s state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) announced late Monday evening that it has signed a strategic partnership in program development and online video with South Korean public broadcaster KBS. The move may be a strong indication of a thaw in tensions between the two countries that have for years left Korean content unofficially banned in the mainland.

If so, it would be a boon to Korean content creators and firms, shut out of the China market since 2016 in retaliation for Korea’s agreement to allow the deployment of the U.S. anti-missile defense system THAAD, a move that sorely angered Beijing.

“This year is the year of Sino-Korean cultural

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