China Warns Korea Not to Side with U.S.

  • By Lee Yong-soo

    June 11, 2021 11:20

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi telephoned his Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong on Wednesday to protest against the U.S. strategy of containing Beijing's growing assertiveness in the region.

    Wang in a blunt warning told Korea to "stick to the correct position." The comments came ahead of the G7 summit in the U.K. later this week, where the U.S. is expected to tout its new cold war against China.

    "The Indo-Pacific strategy proposed by the United States is full of cold war mentality and stirs up confrontation among different groups, which is not conducive to regional peace, stability and development," the Chinese Foreign Ministry website quoted Wang as saying. "China is firmly opposed to it. As friendly neighbors and strategic partners, China and [Korea] should know well the rights and wrongs, stick to the correct position, abide by political consensus and never be misled."

    President Moon Jae-in last month appeared to come at least partly on board with the strategy when he met U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington.

    The joint statement issued following their summit did not mention China directly, but included mention of Taiwan, which Beijing considers a renegade province. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman earlier warned the U.S. and Korea against "playing with fire."

    The Korean Foreign Ministry did not publish Wang's remarks. 

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