Beijing-Seoul “honeymoon” irks Japan

Beijing-Seoul “honeymoon” irks Japan

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

After S.Korea's President-elect Park Geun-hye sent a special envoy to China, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, unamused, decided immediately not to attend Park’s inauguration, which is set for Feb.25.

The Japan-perceived “honeymoon”  between Seoul and Beijing has seemingly irked Tokyo.

However, S.Korea’s conservative newspaper, the Chosun Ilbo, pointed out Thursday the anti-Japan sentiment is not consistent with Seoul’s national interests although it can make people feel comfortable.

Kim Moo-sung, special envoy of Park Geun-hye, handed over a letter from Park to the CPC general secretary Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday.

Before Kim's trip to Beijing, Chinese vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun went to Seoul and paid a curtesy call to Park.

The S.Korea newspaper said, Park met the Chinese envoy the second day after she was elected president, a departure from the country’s tradition that president-elects tend to meet US and Japanese envoys before hosting Chinese diplomats.

Japanese media made an issue with the unusual snub, claiming Japan was the first to congratulate Park’s election victory but she chose to send envoys to Beijing before Tokyo.

After her election, Park Geun-hye said publicly that she would elevate the Sino-Korean relations to a "strategic partnership", vowing to strenghen ties with China's new leadership.

She insisted a stronger and closer relationship with Beijing is in line with S.Korea’s national interests.