China will allow travel agencies in Beijing and Shandong to partly resume sales of group tours to South Korea, in a sign of thawing relations between the nations that have been locked in a year-long diplomatic standoff.
Seoul and Beijing have agreed to move beyond a year-long stand-off over the launch of a US anti-missile system in South Korea, a dispute that has devastated South Korean businesses that rely on Chinese consumers.
On a faded notice pasted to the padlocked doors of the Lotte Mart superstore in China’s Jiaxing, a date can still be read: March 6, 2017 - when the store “temporarily” closed over alleged fire safety issues.
S. Korea's Lotte Group said Monday four of its stores in China were closed after inspections by authorities. It blamed a political dispute. There are also fears that S. Korean stores will see from lower Chinese tourism.