Chinese Ambassador to Korea Xing Haiming said on the 26th that he would like the South Korean government to reaffirm its position on Taiwan.
Ambassador Singh appeared on MBC Radio’s ‘Kim Jong-bae’s Attention’ that day and evaluated the recent Korea-China relationship as “a bit difficult” and said, “(Korea) should reorganize its position regarding China, especially Taiwan, and be considerate of (China). I would be very grateful if you gave it to me.”
According to the foreign policy of the so-called “One China” (一個中國), that is, the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are indivisible, and that the legitimate government is only one, the “People’s Republic of China”, other countries are not allowed to deal with Taiwan-related issues. to refer to is regarded as interference in internal affairs.
In this regard, President Yoon Seok-yeol said in an interview with foreign media conducted before and after his state visit to the United States last month that “the tension in the Taiwan Strait arose from an attempt to change the status quo by force” and “the Taiwan issue is a global issue just like the North Korean issue.” I even protested.
On the same day, Ambassador Xing emphasized again that the South Korean government had agreed to the ‘one China’ principle when establishing diplomatic ties between Korea and China in 1992, saying, “This is the foundation of diplomatic ties between the two countries. If (Korea) strengthens this, there will be no problem, so I hope you can confirm it.”
It is known that the Chinese authorities conveyed this intention to the Korean government during the ROK-China foreign affairs chief-level consultations held in Seoul on the 22nd.
Ambassador Singh said, “China and South Korea are eternal neighbors that cannot be relocated, and close cooperative partners that cannot be separated. “This will not change forever,” he said, “but I am concerned that the current relationship between the two countries is not good and there is a risk that it will get worse.”
Ambassador Singh said, “I don’t think China is responsible for the cause (of the deterioration in Korea-China relations),” and repeatedly stated, “I hope the Korean government fully respects China’s core concerns and considers and considers them a lot in the Taiwan issue.”
Regarding the fact that a number of messages were sent targeting China during the G7 summit held in Hiroshima, Japan on the 19th and 21st, Ambassador Singh said, “At this meeting, we adhered to camp confrontation and Cold War thinking, and He criticized that he exaggerated the agenda internally and externally, disgraced and attacked China, and interfered in internal affairs.”
He repeatedly expressed his displeasure, saying, “Any sensible person will know that the G7 is destroying the international order.” President Yoon also attended the G7 summit.
In the midst of this, with the sudden cancellation of a celebrity’s appearance on a Chinese TV program recently, speculation is being raised that it may be related to the deterioration of Korea-China relations. However, Ambassador Singh drew the line, saying, “In the past two years, not a few Korean movies and dramas have been screened in China.”
Regarding the plan to release radioactively contaminated water from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea, Ambassador Singh said, “It is a selfish act that shifts the risk to other countries,” and “China resolutely opposes it.”
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