Korean cosmetics banned in China amidst political tension

Korean cosmetics banned in China amidst political tension

China has banned 19 cosmetics from being imported, a move which is thought to have been a result of Korea allowing the deployment of a US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery there.

Of some 28 cosmetic items that were denied entry, 19 were Korean, according to Yonhap News Agency.

While authorities cited various reasons, such as a change in ingredients, the cosmetics ban comes at a time of an increasing amount of Korean imports from many industries being rejected, such as banning flights between the two countries that were chartered by K Pop and K drama stars ahead of the New Year.

It is the latest problem following the THAAD battery installation, which was said to be put in place due to ongoing threats from North Korea, a move that China insists threatens its security.

The brands affected by the ban were CJ Lion, Aekyung, Laso, and other mid-sized producers.