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South Korea says to continue promoting ties with China after controvercial comments from BTS

South Korean government on Tuesday (October 13) said that they will keep developing ties with China, after the country’s top band BTS made controversial comment about Korean War, which touched off heated debate on social media in China.

Earlier this month, the leader of BTS, known by the initials RM, upset many people in China in a speech when the band received an award from a U.S.-based organisation for their contribution to South Korea-U.S. relations.

RM invoked a “history of pain” shared between South Korea and the United States and, referring to the 1950-53 Korean War, spoke of “sacrifices of countless men and women”. The war pitted South Korean and U.S. forces against those from North Korea and China.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Monday (October 12) said that they were aware of Chinese internet users’ reaction to the BTS comment and called for respect for history and promotion of peace.

(Production: Shubing Wang, Daewoung Kim, Fang Nanlin, Minwoo Park)

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