Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warns South Korea’s new government not to induce a new Cold War

Hong Kong SCMP Report

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. /Photo = Yonhap News

湲 蹂肄

[아시아경제 나예은 기자] China has warned the Yun Seok-yeol government to “reduce anti-Chinese sentiment and not induce a new Cold War.”

According to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (SCMP), on the 18th, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in his first official phone call with Foreign Minister Park Jin, “I feel anti-Chinese sentiments a few days before President Yun and US President Joe Biden held their first summit in Seoul. Reduce and try to avoid a new Cold War.”

China has maintained generally friendly relations with the Moon Jae-in administration, but it is reported that China is concerned about the relationship between the two countries as President Yun, who is known as a pro-American conservative, took office.

This is because President Yoon showed an anti-Chinese attitude during the presidential campaign, saying, “Most Koreans, especially young people, hate China.”

“30 years ago, the two countries lifted the shackles of the Cold War and opened a new chapter in cooperation,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China said in a statement published on its website. “It is in our fundamental interest to oppose the confrontation between the camps. We must stand at a new starting point, set the right direction, and usher in the development of South Korea-China relations for a new 30 years.”

In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China emphasized that “the people of the two countries, especially young people, should lead closer people-to-people and cultural exchanges to promote friendship and reduce misunderstandings,” as if concerned about the rising anti-China sentiment in South Korea.

Xingje Sun, an expert on Korean affairs at Jilin University, said, “Korea-China relations will face challenges as the Yun Seok-yeol administration wants a larger role in Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy and is poised to seek closer ties with the United States and Japan. will,” he predicted.

“The new government of South Korea is highly likely to return to the ROK-US alliance and announce a triangular alliance with Japan by improving relations with Japan,” he added.

Reporter Na Ye-eun [email protected]

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