On October 26, Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming accused the Korean media of always using a “negative” view of Chinese news reports to lead public opinion in the wrong direction. He claimed this made the people of the two countries less sympathetic toward each other. Some Korean media have countered, pointing out that the CCP dares to criticize Korea when there is no freedom of the press in China.

Xing was attending the Kwan Hoon Conference of Korean reporters at the Seoul Press Center at that time. He criticized the Korean media on the one hand, and said that the current China-U.S. relations have a great influence on China-Korea relations. This year is also the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and South Korea.

The Korea Economic Daily, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo, and many other media outlets disagreed with Xing.

The Korea Economic Daily commented, “The CCP ambassador’s statement at the Kwan Hoon Conference was like ‘robbing and shouting at the same time’ and was completely ridiculous.” It stated that Xing pushed the anxiety of the anti-CCP issue onto the American and Korean media. At that time, South Korea deployed the THAAD system to stop a nuclear threat from North Korea and was retaliated against by the CCP, straining relations even further

Chosun Ilbo‘s commentary stated that China has no freedom of the press nor can free news exist. The so-called media is the CCP’s propaganda agencies, and journalists are employees of propaganda agencies. Among them are also special envoys abroad, so they are considered CCP intelligence agents disguised as journalists.

The newspaper indicated that this statement reflects the CCP’s unilateral understanding, and it cannot explain the anti-communist reasons and tendencies in Korea. Furthermore, Xing made many inappropriate remarks when he took office. While conveying the CCP’s views in a timely manner is the job of an ambassador. But as he said, China – Korea is an important neighborly relationship, so it is impossible to use one-way nationalism theory to worsen sentiment among the masses.

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