8 out of 10 Chinese consumers see THAAD row had negative impact on Korean goods: KITA

중국 소비자 10명중 8명 "사드갈등, 한국제품 이미지에 부정적"

With Seoul and Beijing agreeing to put the dispute stemming from THAAD deployment behind a few weeks ago, it seemed like the worst has passsed.
Partial lifting of Ban on group tours to South Korea further raised hopes of rapid return to normalcy.
But a recent survey suggests the row had quite a deep impact... and it could take longer than anticipated to win back Chinese consumers.
Oh Jung-hee breaks down the discouraging digits for us.
The row between Korea and China over Seoul's THAAD deployment... seems to have negatively affected the image of Korean products in China.
According to a survey by the Korea International Trade Association,... over 83-percent of the respondents who knew about THAAD said... that the deployment had a negative impact on the image of Korean products.
Around 60-percent of respondents answered that they're not buying Korean products now.
But 63-percent of those also said... that they would start purchasing Korean products again... once the THAAD issue is resolved.
The trade association's analysis suggests that... while the two countries' relations are expected to recover quickly... it seems it will take some time for Korean firms to earn Chinese consumers' trust.

Also regarding China's recent partial removal of a ban on group tours to Korea,... pundits believe Korea still needs more time to see a full-scale recovery in tourism.
Last Saturday, Chinese group tours entered Korea for the first time in over eight months... after the group tour ban in mid-March.
But... experts say the removal of the ban will have only limited effects... as tourists from Beijing and Shandong make up only 25 to 30 percent of Chinese tourists,... and the ban on chartered planes and cruise ships makes travelling bothersome for them.

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