- Chinese guards under orders of police reportedly dragged off and beat a South Korean journalist to the point of hospitalisation at a summit to repair relations between the two countries.
- South Korea’s President Moon Jae In is visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing to smooth over rocky relations stemming from the North Korea crisis.
- Videos and photos show the journalist allegedly beaten by guards in China, where the media is state-run and heavily censored.
Photos and videos purporting to show a South Korean journalist, who was beaten and injured by Chinese security guards in Beijing ahead of a summit between the two countries’ leaders, have surfaced online.
South Korea’s Yonhap News said more than a dozen Chinese security guards severely beat the journalist who tried to follow President Moon Jae In into a business fair. It also published an image of the journalist on the floor.
The incident occurred during a four-day trip to China by Moon, who is seeking to repair ties with China by meeting with its President Xi Jinping. The two countries have feuded over business and trade issues, as well as the deployment of US missile defence systems in South Korea to defend against North Korea’s missiles.
China recently dropped its opposition to South Korea’s missile defences, has thawed business relations, and made a series of overtures, which includes Moon’s current trip.
South Korea does not censor or control its media like China does. Yonhap reports that the journalist was hospitalized after the beating, and that the Chinese guards were working under the direction of the police.
Videos posted by South Korean Khan News show the melee. Towards the end of the video, you can see a man throw a kick.
— 경향신문 (@kyunghyang) December 14, 2017
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