April 23, 2017

How a single sentence from Donald Trump enraged South Korea

22 April 2017, 01:34 | Darnell Patrick

An Industry fair in Beijing which shows that China's economy picked up steam. Source search engine Baidu

An Industry fair in Beijing which shows that China's economy picked up steam. Source search engine Baidu

But the spokesperson did not expressly state whether or not Xi had made those remarks.

The daily said it is unclear whether Trump was faithfully quoting Xi or misunderstood him, but concluded it was "careless" either way to echo "a Chinese nationalist version and ignore [s] the competing interpretations of the relations among Korea, China and Japan". Analysts say the US leader tends to echo the words of the last person he spoke with, rather than digesting information from a variety of sources and expressing his own conclusions.

Whether he actually said so or not, it is an indisputable historical fact that Korea has never been part of China.

China has shown two faces about history. The project was carried out on the assumption there was a greater Chinese state in ancient times.

China won't listen to Korea about the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system.

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"Korea has been long intertwined culturally and historically with China but was not under direct and official territorial control by China, despite repeated Chinese invasions".

The US is seeing evidence that the Chinese military is preparing for a potential North Korea contingency, a US defense official told CNN Thursday.

Beijing has always been concerned about potential instability in North Korea should the regime in Pyongyang collapse, fearing both an influx of refugees and the potential of reunification under a South Korean government closely allied to the US. It has even retaliated economically over the system. It also arouses suspicion that such response may be rooted in the distorted perception of Korea being part of China. Considering that the reporter who asked the question explained that the South Korean government and public were greatly concerned about the remarks in question and asked about China's position, the response about not needing to worry could be taken as an indirect denial that Xi had made the remarks. But election watchers say the issue may be raised in an upcoming TV debate on Sunday.

The news on Xi's utterance is not only embarrassing and shocking, but awakens Koreans to the harsh realities of surviving between global superpowers.

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