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South Korea Issues Statement Fact-Checking Trump: We’ve Never Been Part Of China

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South Korea Issues Statement Fact-Checking Trump: We’ve Never Been Part Of China

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.

A representative for Moon Jae In, a Democratic Party of Korea candidate, demanded the full context of Xi’s remarks.

Ahn Cheol Soo’s People Party said it would be regrettable, if true, for China to distort history during global diplomacy.

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