| 13 April 2024, Saturday |

South Korea’s President Yoon doubts whether Chinese envoy showed mutual respect

Yonhap News Agency reports that South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol raised doubts on Tuesday about whether the Chinese ambassador showed a commitment to mutual respect. This skepticism arose after the ambassador warned Seoul against making “wrong bets” in the context of the rivalry between China and the United States.
Yoon made the comment during a cabinet meeting, Yonhap reported, citing multiple people who attended the session.
Last week, Seoul’s foreign ministry summoned the ambassador, Xing Haiming, after he blamed South Korea for worsening bilateral ties due to US influence and urged the country to stop “decoupling” from China.

“Looking at Ambassador Xing’s attitude, it’s doubtful if he has an attitude of mutual respect or promotion of friendship as a diplomat,” Yoon was quoted by Yonhap as telling the meeting. “Our people are displeased with his inappropriate behavior.”

When asked about the situation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Friday the current challenges in the Chinese-South Korean relations were “not caused by China.”

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