Et Tu, Seoul?

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When Beijing wants something, I guess it takes something from Taiwan. Or, it gets South Korea to do its dirty work.

When Beijing wants something, I guess it takes something from Taiwan. Or, it gets South Korea to do its dirty work.

Although the Korean Mission in Taipei declined to confirm the report when approached for comment, the Korea JoongAng Daily, an English-language publication under the JoongAng Ilbo, reported yesterday in Seoul that the South Korean government had decided to end the personnel exchange program with Taiwan. The Korea JoongAng Daily said a South Korean military official told the JoongAng Ilbo that military authorities in Seoul and Beijing had agreed to start an exchange program for major-level officers to study at their respective army, navy or air force academies for one year. The official was quoted as saying that the agreement with China came after South Korea promised to stop its program with Taiwan. Beijing had strongly insisted that Seoul stop the exchange program with Taiwan, the reports said.

South Korean Minister of National Defense Kim Kwan-jin and his Chinese counterpart, General Liang Guanglie (梁光烈), will confirm the exchange program in Beijing at the end of this month, as well as the establishment of a military hotline, along with other measures to strengthen military cooperation between the two countries, the newspapers said. One ROC officer is currently studying in South Korea, while two South Korean officers are in Taiwan, a diplomatic source said.

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