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Rep. Park Jin urges government to protest China’s interference

By Shin Ji-hye

Published : Aug. 9, 2021 - 15:01

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Rep. Park Jin, a four-term lawmaker with the People Power Party (Yonhap) Rep. Park Jin, a four-term lawmaker with the People Power Party (Yonhap)
Rep. Park Jin, a four-term lawmaker vying to become the People Power Party’s presidential candidate, has urged the government to protest what he called China’s interference in South Korea’s security sovereignty.

At a videoconference at the ASEAN Regional Forum, held Friday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed opposition to the Korea-US joint exercises and called for the easing of sanctions against North Korea.

On Sunday Park wrote in his blog, “Wang Yi’s remarks are unfortunately an infringement of South Korea’s security sovereignty and unfair interference in internal affairs.”

He added that the timing of Wang’s statement led him to suspect it was a “calculated statement to shake the Korea-US alliance.”

Park condemned what he called China’s two-faced attitude, saying that at the same meeting, China had dismissed criticism about continued human rights violations in Tibet, Hong Kong and Xinjiang and had accused critics of “intervention in internal affairs.”

The lawmaker said, “It is deeply regrettable that China’s foreign minister made such remarks at an international conference where ASEAN regional ministers gathered.”

Last month one of Korea’s leading presidential candidates, former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl, told local media that the US THAAD missile defense system was “a clear area of our sovereignty.” Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming responded by saying he couldn’t understand that.

Park said, “China is conducting a ‘quiet invasion’ to shake the Korea-US alliance.”

To bring about peace and ease tension on the Korean Peninsula, it is essential to suppress North Korea’s provocations, he said.

“To this end, we should call for China’s active role in denuclearizing North Korea along with maintaining a strong joint defense posture of the Korea-US alliance.”