The Korean team has apologised to China after a political statement made by the Korean team at the Asian Games in China, reports Robert from the Marmots Hole.
The Korean delegation to the 6th Winter Asian Games in Changchun, China has officially apologized for an incident Wednesday in which the South Korean female short-track skating team held up signs that read “Mt. Baekdusan is Our Territory” as they were being awarded the silver medal for the 5,000-meter-relay.
Strangely enough, this seemed to have upset the Chinese. The Chinese Foreign Ministry responded the next day by calling in an official from the Korean embassy in Beijing to issue a strongly-worded protest. The Chinese said the signs were a political slogan that harmed the territorial integrity of China. The Chinese also protested that there were no existent territorial disputes between China and Korea, and the Korean side had hurt the feelings of the Chinese people.
Anyway, following the Chinese dressing-down of the Korean embassy, Korean team head Bae Chang-hwan dashed off a letter to the Asian Winter Games organizing committee and the OCA explaining that the ceremony was just an impromptu act by young athletes, not a premeditated political act. Bae then expressed regret to the organizing committee and the OCA for having caused a mess.
The controversial claim that says “Mount Bekdu is our land!”
Let us not comment on the silliness of South Korea claiming the whole of Changbai shan (Bekdu san in Korean) when they are not even in control of the northern part of Korea that actually has the mountain. North Korea and China are sharing the mountain, without any problems, it seems.
Robert followed up with a report of a netizens war between Chinese netizens and Korean netizens. Chinese netizens started making photoshops of the athletes with humorous changes to the signs, like “Planet Mars also belongs to us!” (Robert translated it as “Mars is our territory!”, but I think he needs a Chinese character refresher course ).
I cruised over to MOP and found some more pictures.
This one says Koreans are big SB’s (SB is Chinese slang that means stupid and refers to a female sexual organ). Go check out MOP if you want to see some more – some are funny.
Now I will contribute my own photoshop in Chinese as an honorary Chinese netizen.
Points to anyone that can read that.