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S.Korea, China can pull up from their nosedive

(Global Times)

09:55, January 10, 2012

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak kicked off a three-day visit to China yesterday.

Although this president has paid more visits to China than any of his predecessors, his administration has witnessed the most complicated ties between the two neighbors in a long time.

As 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, authorities on both sides may want to warm up bilateral ties. However, the people in both two countries do not seem very interested in doing so.

The "strategic partnership" between the two neighbors does not seem to deserve this title at times. Many ordinary South Koreans hold a negative China view, and vice versa. Despite a more than $200 billion trade volume, public opinion is roused as soon as a small friction arises.

The two countries surely want to strengthen strategic ties. However, both public stances and Korean Peninsula dynamics restrain the attitudes of Beijing and Seoul. Directly or indirectly, the US return to Asia has also exerted pressures on this geopolitical landscape.

China relatively holds a stable attitude toward South Korea. But in the eyes of South Korea, the basic tone of diplomatic ties between Beijing and Seoul is checked by that between Beijng and Pyongyang. They hope Beijing will support Seoul unconditionally. This is impractical.

South Korea destabilizes bilateral ties in a more direct way. In December, the alleged stabbing of a South Korean coast guard by a Chinese fisherman left South Korean media fuming.

Meanwhile, China's failure in unconditionally condemning the North, as South Korean public opinion requires whenever the two Koreas clash, is seen as a betrayal of the Beijing-Seoul partnership.

Recently, Seoul's anxieties toward the new leadership in North Korea may have reinforced these doubts toward China.

South Korea is increasingly aware of using its ties with the US to turn the heat up on Beijing. In fact, it is impossible for China to target South Korea when engaging in diplomacy with any other country.

South Korea-China ties have fallen low. After several tense moments, it becomes clearer that some requirements by the South Koreans go too far for China to possibly meet them.

The two countries do not have major conflicts of interest, and still benefit from each other's prosperity. As long as they show due respect to each other, they can remain friendly despite any spats.

We wish Lee a successful and fruitful visit to China.

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Neil at 2012-02-03125.113.159.*
Of course everybody wants a "peaceful" reunification with North and South Korea. Neither country is willing to budge though, because North Korea is protected by China, and South Korea by the US. The difference between the two countries is this - the US is shipping soldiers over to protect South Korea, while China is sending money and South Korea is giving food to the North Koreans.
Mao Zhuxi at 2012-01-17220.255.1.*
South Korea president Lee Myun Bak"s christian hardline anti-communist policy towards North Korea is the real cause of hostilty and provocation of frequent war exercises near the North Korea border. He thinks he can use the military force of the USA to force the surrender of North Korea. He is so wrong. He wants China to turn its back on North Korea. That is so naive of him. China will never allow USA military forces to come near to China"s border ar the Yalu River. It is more practical for Lee Myun Bak to tell the USA military force to leave Korea and go home back to own country. Only then will peace return to the Korean peninsula. Don"t blame China. It is Lee Myun Baks own fault to provoke North Korea.
Mao Zhuxi at 2012-01-17220.255.1.*
South Korea president Lee Myun Bak"s christian hardline anti-communist policy towards North Korea is the real cause of hostilty and provocation of frequent war exercises near the North Korea border. He thinks he can use the military force of the USA to force the surrender of North Korea. He is so wrong. He wants China to turn its back on North Korea. That is so naive of him. China will never allow USA military forces to come near to China"s border ar the Yalu River. It is more practical for Lee Myun Bak to tell the USA military force to leave Korea and go home back to own country. Only then will peace return to the Korean peninsula. Don"t blame China. It is Lee Myun Baks own fault to provoke North Korea.
Newton He at 2012-01-13108.216.152.*
Whats the point of thinking that way! China wants peace thats all.
richard at 2012-01-1160.53.50.*
>China"s FAILURE in unconditionally condemning the North<A most inappropriate expression. It should be "China"s just position in not condemning North Korea..."The South Korean "public opinion" reflects that of a small group of extremists fanned and supported by the US through the Korean mass media. They don"t represent the real South Koreans who, despite intimidation by the Lee Young-bak clique, remained steadfast for peaceful reunification with the North. Many are supportive of China"s position and they are the silent majority.
  

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