Win-win, across ocean and time
“The relationship between China and Republic of Korea seems good given that they are going to sign FTA.”
The agreement means markets of the two countries will be able to merge.
“But because of this, a number of farmers gathered to protest it in Korea. As Chinese crops are way cheaper than Korean ones, they may lose competitiveness in the market. I hope it will be ‘win-win’ in the future”.
In fact, the win-win relationship started long time ago, as Korea was one of the key ports on the eastern route of ancient Maritime Silk Road. While goods are transported from the sea, Chinese culture including Confucianism, Chinese characters, and tea-drinking arts were also introduced to Korea, which became important elements in their civilization. At the same time, Chinese government gained a lot of profits from the trading, which play a very important role in fighting against the northern regime in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279).