After President Trump told the Wall Street Journal last week that Chinese President Xi Jinping told him that “Korea actually used to be a part of China,” the government of South Korea issued a public statement saying “it’s a clear fact acknowledged by the international community that, for thousands of years of history, Korea has never been part of China.”
“[Xi] Then went into the history of China and Korea,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal. “And you know, you’re talking about thousands of years … and many wars. And Korea actually used to be a part of China.”
Trump’s comments have sparked outrage in Seoul and has become an issue in South Korea’s presidential election ahead of a May 9 vote, reports Bloomberg Politics.
Now, South Korea’s government wants to know whether Chinese President Xi Jinping gave alternative facts on the nation’s history to Donald Trump.
“This is clearly a distortion of history and an invasion of the Republic of Korea’s sovereignty,” conservative Liberal Korea Party candidate Hong Joon Pyo said through a spokesman.
Ahn Cheol Soo’s People Party said it would be regrettable, if true, for China to distort history during global diplomacy.