At South Korea-China summit, South Korean journalist beaten bloody

The summit was intended to cement improved relations after a ...

Posted: Dec 14, 2017 11:30 AM
Updated: Dec 14, 2017 11:30 AM

The summit was intended to cement improved relations after a frosty period of tension between China and South Korea.

But just hours before the Chinese leader treated his South Korean counterpart to a red carpet welcome in Beijing, a journalist from Korean president Moon Jae-in's press pool was beaten bloody at a bilateral trade event.

The Chinese, who rarely acknowledge mistreatment of journalists, expressed concern over the incident

South Korea's foreign ministry called for an investigation into the incident. Ministry spokesperson Roh Kyu-deok said "our government immediately expressed concern to the Chinese government."

A spokesperson for Korea's largest opposition party went several steps further, demanding Moon immediately cancel his visit to China.

"Assaulting the members of the press pool who accompanied the head of state in the middle of a state visit is an act of terror against South Korea," said Jang Je-won of the Liberty Party.

The beating took place at a trade event attended by Moon on Thursday called the Korea-China Economy and Trade Partnership. It wasn't immediately clear what led to the incident or who was responsible.

Video broadcast from multiple camera angles show a crowd of men in suits surrounding and man-handling Lee Chung-woo, a reporter from the Seoul-based Maeil Business Newspaper.

One of the men in suits can be seen kicking Lee after he falls to the ground. Off camera, Korean journalists can be heard yelling in English and Korean: "Don't touch camera" and "Who's in charge of the Chinese security?"

Later, Lee can be seen, his face bloody and bruised, standing not far from an exhibit with the sign K-Pop, which ran flashy video of a Korean boy-band performing on stage.

An official from the Korean president's office confirmed to CNN that Lee was later taken to a hospital for treatment.

Lu Kang, a spokesperson for China's foreign ministry, later told journalists "If anyone was indeed hurt, then of course we express concern."

Lu said South Korea and China had both put great effort into ensuring that the summit would be a success.

The Chinese rarely acknowledge mistreatment of journalists working in China.

China is South Korea's largest trading partner. The two countries established formal diplomatic relations in 1992.

But ties dramatically deteriorated after Moon's predecessor agreed to accept the installation of a US missile defense system.

Beijing argued that the system, known by the acronym THAAD, poses a threat to China's national security.

China appeared to show its displeasure, with a 50% drop in Chinese tourists traveling to South Korea. A South Korean car-maker and a supermarket chain also experienced a drop in their sales in China in the months after the THAAD announcement.

In an interview with Chinese state television ahead of his visit, president Moon insisted that the THAAD system poses no threat to China. He argued the missile defense system was necessary to protect his country from North Korea and its nuclear weapons program.

Pyongyang has fired at least 23 missiles during a ten month period this year. All of these missile launches are banned under multiples United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Moon appeared to be trying to exercise Korean soft power during his visit to China. He was to be accompanied to a state dinner in Beijing Thursday night by Song Hye-kyo, one of Korea's most popular actresses.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 133851

Reported Deaths: 1803
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah28467459
Washington18734171
Marion16247239
Clackamas11698138
Lane8353109
Jackson693085
Umatilla679368
Deschutes499936
Yamhill319045
Malheur313552
Linn311646
Polk245540
Klamath242838
Josephine174333
Benton170514
Jefferson170525
Douglas168743
Union111416
Wasco108123
Columbia104918
Lincoln99617
Hood River95421
Coos93815
Morrow93810
Clatsop6865
Crook62110
Baker5685
Tillamook3652
Curry3245
Lake2305
Grant2131
Harney1754
Wallowa963
Gilliam511
Sherman470
Wheeler201
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3015644

Reported Deaths: 33724
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles102419013936
San Bernardino2540941560
Riverside2422062517
Orange2123892367
San Diego2117872103
Santa Clara935571076
Kern85362565
Fresno82039932
Sacramento801541080
Alameda67375764
Ventura61257412
San Joaquin57094748
Contra Costa52146449
Stanislaus42548749
Tulare41016501
Monterey35418250
San Mateo32186294
San Francisco29139262
Imperial25253463
Solano25216105
Santa Barbara24481231
Sonoma23871240
Merced23800296
Kings19254133
Placer17194173
San Luis Obispo15658128
Madera13328130
Santa Cruz12196113
Marin11569154
Yolo10519131
Shasta9594117
Butte9411121
El Dorado765944
Sutter760477
Napa752139
Lassen509413
San Benito494143
Yuba481827
Tehama397142
Tuolumne330438
Nevada317673
Mendocino311432
Amador300129
Lake257228
Humboldt232224
Glenn192419
Colusa16919
Calaveras160823
Siskiyou140813
Mono10914
Inyo92429
Del Norte8572
Plumas5735
Modoc3793
Mariposa3464
Trinity3024
Alpine730
Sierra700
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
33° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 33°
Brookings
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 56°
Medford
Clear
33° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 15°
Feels Like: 33°
Medford
Partly Cloudy
33° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 33°
Klamath Falls
Clear
19° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 19°
Clear and cold tonight
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events