South Korean public opinion voice of reflection!

2022-07-31 0 By

On February 9, The Yonhap News agency published an article under the title of “Hanbok” and “short track speed skating” at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, and pointed out that the private sentiment of China and South Korea against each other is spreading, which is becoming a major variable in the Presidential election in South Korea next month.Different from the previous conflicts caused by THAAD, the source of this incident is not the government level, but the emotions of people on both sides are intensified at sports events, and the two governments are trying to put out the fire to calm the storm.From hanbok to the referee controversy, isn’t there a brake pad to prevent the deterioration of sentiment among the Chinese and South Korean people influenced by some South Korean politicians and media, various anti-China actions have appeared in South Korea.Some South Korean netizens attacked Chinese athletes through posts and messages on the Internet, and even directed their anger at Ahn Hyun-soo, the Korean-Russian coach of China’s short track speed skating team, and threatened his wife and daughter, who live in South Korea.Some civic groups in South Korea have also encouraged people to carry out “anti-China propaganda” on international social media.According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2020, anti-China sentiment is stronger among younger Koreans (18-29 years old) than among older Koreans (over 50 years old).According to a survey conducted by Hankook Research in November and December last year at the request of the Joongang Ilbo, 67.3 percent of those aged 19 to 29 gave China a rating of less than 50 out of a standard score of favorable and unfavorable views.In addition, a sample survey by Stanford University’s Asia-pacific Research Centre (APARC), released on February 8, showed that 78 per cent of South Koreans believe that policy on China-South Korea relations will be an important consideration when voting in the presidential election.As South Korea’s general election on March 9 approaches, many politicians are not afraid to play the “China card” to win over young voters for short-term electoral gain.Trending topics on Twitter in South Korea were “Justice for South Korea” and “short track speed skating.”Yoon Seok-yeol, the presidential candidate of the people’s Power Party (PPP), is trying to distort the direction of the debate by deliberately linking the controversy with domestic politics, yonhap news agency said in an editorial on Thursday.Lee Jae-myung, the presidential candidate of the ruling Minjoo Party and another likely successor, also exploited the issue to stir up diplomatic tensions.The so-called controversy over refereeing and rancour seems to have become an excuse and a bargaining chip for partisan attacks.Yonhap said such a situation would be detrimental to the country’s long-term interests.In particular, candidates who will become the next president of the country should be cautious in what they say and do.The Hankyoreh also pointed out that it is natural for political leaders to empathize with the people, but it is worrisome that candidates are trying to manipulate diplomatic relations for domestic political purposes.The Hankyoreh said that although it seemed “safe and profitable” for him to play up the controversy and vent his hatred for China in domestic politics, it was wrong for him as a politician to try to mix sports with politics for political gain.The CHARGE d ‘affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Korea, Martin Del Corso, also took issue with the controversy between The two countries.On February 8, Del Corso posted a photo of himself wearing hanbok and comparing his heart with his finger on Twitter, with the hashtag “The original Hanbok comes from South Korea.”Yonhap further analyzed that the bilateral issues are related to environmental factors in the larger framework of strategic competition between China and the United States.Kim Han-kwon, a professor at the South Korean National Academy of Foreign Affairs, said in an interview with The Yonhap News Agency on Thursday that Chinese people have become more proud of their own culture and system amid the current strategic competition between China and the United States.Under such circumstances, cultural conflicts are bound to occur between China and Korea, which share the same cultural practices, even if there is no intention of conflict between the two governments.Given that China and the United States are likely to engage in long-term strategic competition, similar cultural conflicts will continue for a long time to come.Kim han-kwon stressed that the governments, politicians, civic groups and media of the two countries should give proper guidance to avoid further deepening the rift between the two peoples and make efforts to push forward the bilateral relations.He said South Korea should take full advantage of the current trend of friendly cooperation between China and neighboring countries to avoid accidental cultural clashes between the two governments that could harm national interests.The government only 3 months tenure, South Korea’s President, wen in Yin 10 accept materials, yonhap news agency, xinhua, eight news agency global joint, said in an interview on “anti-china” mood spread for the center with the younger generation, under the condition of China and South Korea need to deepen economic and trade cooperation and strive to make the national benefit, the two countries, in particular, need to keep trying to understand each other, the younger generationBring friendship closer.He stressed that China-South Korea relations have developed rapidly in the past 30 years since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1992.The two countries should look to the next 30 years to build a more mature and solid bilateral relationship.On China-ROK economic cooperation, Moon said it is very important for The two countries to carry out complementary cooperation.In the future, the two countries will also provide special support for business activities, while strengthening cooperation to address future changes in the economic order, including carbon neutrality.As The international status of China and the ROK has been further enhanced, the two countries have been strengthening communication on global hot issues such as COVID-19 and climate change in addition to the Korean Peninsula issue.In addition, Moon said that the ROK government has always adhered to the position of developing China-ROK relations in a coordinated manner based on the solid ROK-US alliance, and has maintained close cooperation with China and the US to this end, and expects the next government to continue to make efforts in this regard.It is also the role of the Korean government to contribute to the communication and cooperation between China and the United States, as sino-U.S. relations will have a huge impact not only on the two countries but also peace and stability in Northeast Asia.China is a multi-ethnic country, and traditional culture, including hanbok, belongs to both the Korean peninsula and China, said the spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Seoul on Wednesday.China respects the historical and cultural traditions of the ROK and hopes that the ROK can also respect the feelings of all ethnic groups in China, including the Korean ethnic group.Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Hwang Hee, who attended the opening ceremony in hanbok, emphasized that he has always maintained a strict separation between politics and sports, and that the Controversy over Hanbok during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics is completely different from the Controversy over The Dokdo islets.As for the dispute over the penalty, The Chinese side also pointed out that it is a technical issue and should be judged by a professional and authoritative body.But some Korean LH