After Chinese Ambassador to Korea Xing Hai-ming met with Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung on the 8th and strongly criticized the government Seok-yeol Yoon, diplomatic authorities between Korea and China “challenged” the other country’s ambassador, and diplomatic relations between the two countries continued to deteriorate. there is. China is showing an unconventional high-handed attitude toward President Yoon’s foreign policy, which is close to the United States. Recently, China has been softening its “Wolf Wars” diplomacy, which means an aggressive foreign strategy, but it is especially hard-line toward Korea. Experts analyzed, “Unlike many countries seeking to improve relations with China, China also appears to be taking a strong strategy against South Korea, which is using a strong strategy.”
On the 11th, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “The previous day, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nung Lung met with Ambassador to China Jeong Jae-ho’s meeting after promising a meeting’ (Wejian, 約見). “We raised it and expressed our serious concerns and dissatisfaction.” After explaining China’s position on Korea-China relations to Ambassador Jeong, Director Nung said, “It is his job for Ambassador Singh to contact and interact with people from all walks of life in Korea. The purpose is to promote understanding, promote cooperation, and safeguard and promote the development of China-ROK relations,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. “I hope that Korea will look back on where the current problems in China-ROK relations are and treat them seriously.” ”he said.
The Chinese diplomatic term ‘wejian’ refers to calling foreign diplomats in the country to deliver complaints. Compared to ‘Jaozen’ (召見 · Call to meet), the level is lower, but it corresponds to ‘chochi’ (招致) in Korean diplomatic terms.
This is not the first time that South Korean and Chinese diplomatic authorities have confronted each other’s ambassadors and exchanged harsh words. On April 20, President Seok-yeol Yoon’s interview with Reuters said, “The tension (in the Taiwan Strait) was caused by an attempt to change the status quo by force, and we, along with the international community, are absolutely opposed to changing the status quo by force.” After this came out, Korea and China invited each other’s ambassadors to each other. President Yoon said, “The Taiwan problem is not simply a problem between China and Taiwan. Like the problem between the two Koreas, we have no choice but to view it as a global problem that goes beyond the region.”
It is rare in recent years for Chinese diplomatic authorities to show such sharp reactions. China has refrained from ‘war diplomacy’ since President Xi Jinping began his third term in power in October last year. China has selected Xie Feng, a relatively moderate deputy foreign minister, as its ambassador to the United States. In addition, it showed a change from the past토토사이트, such as replacing the foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, who became famous for harshly criticizing the “anti-China remarks” of other countries. Lee Sang-man, a professor at the Center for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University, said, “China’s all-out diplomacy in the past has not been very successful, and it is evaluated as a situation where the route has been revised.”
However, China has recently been taking a hardline stance reminiscent of wartime diplomacy toward South Korea. It is known that Liu Jinsong, president of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Azusa (Director in charge of Asia), who visited Korea on the 22nd of last month, conveyed the so-called ‘four no’ policy to the Korean government. The ‘four no’s’ mean that if the South Korean government violates China’s core interests, such as Taiwan, or actively participates in the US and Japan’s strategy to contain China, it will be difficult to cooperate with China in various areas, including the North Korean issue.
Experts attributed China’s aggressive attitude to the fact that South Korea adopted a foreign relations line that put pressure on China, such as strengthening cooperation with South Korea, the US, and Japan, while at the same time repeatedly mentioning the Taiwan issue, which China defines as a core interest. Lee Nam-joo, a professor of Chinese Studies at Sungkonghoe University, said, “Even though China’s diplomatic style has changed, there is no fundamental change in its position on matters related to its core interests, such as the Taiwan issue, and there will never be a change.” Because of this, China is continuing to send the message, “We are currently investigating, but we will respond more strongly in the future.”
Indeed, even countries that have been at odds with China are making moves to improve relations with China. Foreign media are continuing that US Secretary of State Tony Blincoln will visit China this week to meet Chinese high-ranking officials, including President Xi Jinping and Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang. In Australia, which had a conflict with China, Trade Minister Don Farrell visited Beijing for the first time in four years on the 11th of last month and met with Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao to expand trade cooperation.
Experts predict that China’s pressure may become more intense in the future. Kim Heung-gyu , director of the US-China Policy Research Center at Ajou University, said, “Only Korea in the world is at the forefront of public suppression and pressure , increasing its intensity.” It has been sending friendly signals, but now it seems to have given up on those efforts and switched to a strategy of deterring and pressuring South Korea.”
Previously, First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Chang Ho-jin summoned Ambassador Singh on the 9th and “severely warned him about his nonsensical and provocative words and actions that went against diplomatic conventions and expressed strong regret,” the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The diplomatic authorities of the two countries exchanged protests in turn after Ambassador Singh invited Lee Jae-myeong to the ambassador’s residence on the 8th and said, “Those who bet on China’s defeat will surely regret it later.”