A few news items that caught my eye.
``China confirmed that it deported the seven refugees to
North Korea on Sept. 29,’’ a ministry official told reporters. They had hoped
to come to Seoul, he added.
Unification Minister Chung Dong-young expressed regret,
describing the deportation as ``very shocking.’’
Yes, very shocking indeed. This coming from the same man who recently claimed that
South Korea will "stop allowing large groups of North Korean defectors to enter South
Korea, saying that government has no desire to undermine the communist
Chung Dong-young struggling to keep a straight face while expressing his 'regret' over North Korean defectors being sent back to North Korea.
And secondly, China continues to rewrite history at Korea's expense.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry in August last
year erased reference to some pre-1948 Korean history on its website, and now
all accounts of pre-modern Korean history, including the Koguryo kingdom, are
gone from a world history textbook for ethnic Korean- students in Yanbian,
Remember how Korea freaked out when nearly
1% of Japanese schools adopted a controversial history book that glossed over
Japan’s mistreatment of Korea? Remember?
About 50-60 percent of Chinese middle
schools use the Chinese version of the world history textbook. China struck the
Korean parts from the Chinese version in 2003.
Expect the streets of Seoul to be filled
with angry demonstrators, flaming Chinese flags and severed fingers.
Or maybe not. After all, this isn't one of the Great Enemies of Korea like Japan or the U.S. Why make any fuss? It's not like China has ever justified taking over another country by claiming it once belonged to Chinese history...
Seriously though, why would China bother doing this if it were NOT keeping the option open of absorbing a large chunk of North Korea if the Nork regime collapses? Any competing hypotheses out there I'm not aware of?
And the MacArthur statue 'controversy' gets more press than this?
Comments on original post
LOL...good stuff as usual. Glad to see you decided to grace us with another post.
Posted by: Nomad | October 11, 2005 at 03:28 PM
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Posted by: baduk | October 11, 2005 at 08:48 PM
BTW your atom feed didn't update for this post - I found out about it from the Nomads link to you.
Posted by: EFL Geek | October 11, 2005 at 09:24 PM
Well it's good to know my blog's good for something!
Posted by: Nomad | October 12, 2005 at 12:38 AM
That certainly was a thought provoking post - the more I read - the more a think I love you!
Posted by: leone | October 14, 2005 at 10:09 AM
Koreans don't protest against China because they know that unlike the U.S. or Japan, China will actually kick their asses. It would be funny if it wasn't so damn pathetic.
Posted by: Brad Spit | October 17, 2005 at 01:17 AM