A movie My War produced by a Chinese director reveals distorted views of Chinese on the Korean War. The movie argues that China only participated in the warfare to support the North. © 신인호
China has reportedly aroused controversy by making historical distortions of Korean history lately, specifically with President Xi Jinping making misleading remarks about the Korean War. As of right now, many South Koreans are outraged on this matter and assert that such misinterpretations of the Korean War made by China should not be tolerated any further.
South Korea's accusations of China's historical distortion started with President Xi Jinping giving a speech at the 70th anniversary conference of China to celebrate their taking part in the Korean War.
During his speech, which was presumably directed toward the Americans, he stated that the Korean War was a fight to oppose "imperialist invaders" and "the war to resist U.S. aggression and to aid Korea." By this statement, it seems that Xi was attempting to highlight the importance of China's role in the Korean War in "defeating" the invaders. In other words, Xi was stating that his country had "won" this war. In his speech full of misinterpretations of the Korean War, the Chinese leader continued to emphasize that his country was powerful enough to successfully combat the military forces of the United States. Following Xi's speech, the Communist Youth League of China also showed agreement on the distortion of Korean history by commenting that the Korean War should actually be considered as "a civil war."
However, such remarks made by China are not valid at all. This is because certain resolutions such as resolutions 82, 83, and 84 of the United Nations Security Council already point out that North Korea's decision to invade South Korea is indeed a historical fact. Furthermore, the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other experts, home and abroad, strongly claim it is irrefutable that Kim Il-sung's invasion of South Korea was exactly the event that had triggered the Korean War.
Xi's absent-minded remarks can be interpreted as a negligent and disregardful behavior towards South Korea, despite the fact that President Moon Jae-in regards China as one of Korea's most crucial commercial partners. South Koreans are not happy about this, and it seems that their mistrust towards the Chinese leader is growing larger as time passes on.