South-Korea is not the first country to see China can fight an argument without sending the army in: Japan and France are just a few examples where tinkering with economic power was more effective, for example by redirecting its tourists. It is easier to bully South Korea than Japan,” says business analyst Shaun Rein in the South China Morning Post.
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Its heavy reliance on exports to China leaves South Korea more exposed to boycotts of its goods and services than Taiwan and Japan – both of which have been similarly targeted in the past by unofficial ‘sanctions’ imposed by the mainland.
“South Korea’s economy over the last decade has really been geared towards selling to the Chinese consumer – everything from cosmetics to tourism to K-pop,” said Shaun Rein, managing director of China Market Research Group.
“The level of Chinese media attacks is much harsher towards South Korea because they know how much of Korea’s economy is geared towards China. It is easier to bully South Korea than Japan. Taiwan has back up plans due to ongoing tensions, while Korea does not.”
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