Trump accused of 'shocking ignorance' after suggesting Korea used to be part of China

www.independent.co.uk/topic/DonaldTrump has been accused of “shocking ignorance” after stating that www.independent.co.uk/topic/NorthKorea used to be part of China after he met Chinese President www.independent.co.uk/topic/president-xi-jinpingearlier this month.

Speaking in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr Trump said that Mr Xi “Went into the history of China and Korea … and you know, you’re talking about thousands of years … and many wars. And Korea actually used to be a part of China.”

Commentators believe Mr Trump might have heard Mr Xi’s potted history of the countries from a Chinese perspective as there is a growing school of nationalist thought in China that ancient Korean kingdoms were part of the Chinese empire.

Mr Trump revealed the Chinese leader had explained the situation on the Korean Peninsular – divided into communist North Korea and capitalist South Korea following the Second World War - which led him to conclude, “After ten minutes, I realised it’s not so easy.”

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