Anchor: U.S. President Donald Trump has disclosed to the media some previously unknown details of his talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping early this month, including on the history of the Korean Peninsula. While recalling his discussions with Xi on North Korea issues, Trump said that "Korea was part of China" historically. His remark has sparked suspicions that the Chinese president is to blame for Trump's historical ignorance about Korea's sovereignty for thousands of years.
Alannah Hill has more.
Report: The Wall Street Journal(WSJ) posted its detailed interviews with U.S. President Donald Trump on April 12th, during which Trump shared what he talked about with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida earlier this month.
Trump told the WSJ that he talked with Xi for over five hours during the summit touching upon North Korea issues.
Recalling his discussion with Xi about Chinese and Korean history, Trump said "Korea actually used to be a part of China."
The American president further clarified that he wasn't talking about North Korea but the history of the two Koreas.
The U.S. daily also cited Trump as saying that after listening to Xi for ten minutes, he realized that North Korea is not an easy issue to resolve.
The comment had not garnered any attention until Tuesday when an article published by the online news outlet Quartz drew attention to Trump’s glaring error.
It remains unclear if the Chinese president is responsible for the historical inaccuracy and media outlets have pointed out that Trump’s ignorance could enrage Koreans.
The Washington Post reported that leaders across the political spectrum criticized Trump’s characterization, saying they called it a clear distortion of history and an attempt to undermine Korean sovereignty.
Political analysts said if Xi had indeed provided inaccurate information, it reveals the distorted geopolitical views the Chinese leadership has on the Korean Peninsula.
Media also criticized Trump for dramatically shifting his views on such an important geopolitical issue within a matter of minutes.
Seoul’s Foreign Ministry dismissed the remark saying it was not worthy of a response.
Alannah Hill, KBS World Radio News.