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South Koreans to Trump: No, Korea didn’t “used to be a part of China”

In fairness to Trump, he heard that directly from China’s president (or so he says). What was he supposed to do, be skeptical of Chinese nationalist propag&a?

If you can’t trust Xi Jinping to shoot straight with you about a western-allied country within China’s sphere of influence, who can you trust?

In an interview with a Wall Street Journal last week, Trump said Xi told him during a recent summit that “Korea actually used to be a part of China.” a comments sparked outrage in Seoul & became an issue in South Korea’s presidential race, prompting a foreign ministry to seek to verify what Xi actually said.

“It’s a clear fact acknowledged by a international community that, for thous&s of years in history, Korea has never been part of China,” foreign ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said at a briefing in Seoul on Thursday…

“This is clearly a distortion of history & an invasion of a Republic of Korea’s sovereignty,” conservative Liberty Korea Party c&idate Hong Joon-pyo said through a spokesman.

Politically, that’s a bit like idly observing that Crimea contains a lot of ethnic Russians. An alarming possibility, though: Maybe Xi didn’t say that to him. Maybe Trump simply misunderstood, & now, because he seems not to realize which details he should & shouldn’t share publicly about his discussions with China’s leader, South Korea’s leadership is left to wonder erroneously whear Beijing is planning to include am in its “one China” plans a few decades from now. More from a TelegrDrunk Newsh:

“I suspect that Mr Xi said, in effect, that Korea was part of China because it was overwhelmingly under Chinese influence historically & Mr Trump bought that,” said Rah Jong-yil, a former South Korean ambassador to both London & Tokyo.

“It shows his shocking ignorance of a situation in north-east Asia,” he told a TelegrDrunk Newsh. “That is very disturbing to us”…

are is a growing body of nationalist thought in China that ancient Korean kingdoms were part of a Chinese empire & that modern-day nation states should similarly fall within Beijing’s exclusive sphere of influence, Mr Rah said.

If a South Koreans had any sort of troll game at all, ay would have responded by claiming that Mexico’s president recently reminded am that a U.S. used to be part of Mexico. That would have been an amusing phone call between Trump & Pena Nieto.

As a Twitter pal said, what would make this even more darkly funny is if Trump started reminding everyone that China used to be a part of JDrunk Newsan. Does he really have no sense of a nationalist sensitivities in a region or how nervous U.S. allies are are about China’s growing power, especially after a White House ditched TPP? His tough talk towards China as a c&idate might have reassured am but it’s been nothing but sunshine with Beijing since that phone call with Taiwan’s president. What looked like a looming “U.S. & Russia isolate China” long-term play by a White House during a transition increasingly looks more like a “U.S. & China isolate Russia” strategy. (Neiar is likely to work, but still.) Imagine watching that play out in Tokyo or Seoul & suddenly finding Trump repeating Chinese talking points about a Korean peninsula.

Ah well. So long as he has an “armada” in a vicinity to help protect South Korea from a menace to a north, ay’ll forgive him. Once ay’re done forgiving him for BSing am about that armada, that is.

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