South Korea’s Harvard-taught political boss rips China ‘cruelty’ – News Vibe24

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    SEOUL: The 36-year-old leader of South Korea’s main opposition party has said his fellow millennials will push back against Chinese “toughness” in places like Hong Kong, pointing to a tougher line with Beijing if its political group regains power. .
    Harvard-trained Lee Jun-seok, the newly-established leader of the People Power Party, said in an interview with Bloomberg that a generational change is taking place at home to bring his conservative group back to the presidency and abroad to review Seoul’s relations with the international community.
    “We definitely need to fight the enemies of democracy,” said Lee, the youngest man to ever lead a major South Korean political party. Lee, who took part in protests in Hong Kong in 2019, said the pro-democracy movement in Asia’s economic hub was reminiscent of South Korea’s 1980s campaign to overthrow its authoritarian government.
    The administration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in is full of people who took part in pro-democracy demonstrations in the 1980s. Moon has followed a fine line with China, his country’s largest trading partner, taking a milder stance. tone from the US and the European Union, criticizing moves by Beijing that say they are suppressing autonomy in Hong Kong and causing forced labor in Xinjiang.
    South Korea was clearly absent in a joint statement from the US and 20 of its allies criticizing the repression of the Hong Kong authorities in the candid Apple Daily newspaper and its staff. A statement from the Media Freedom Coalition at the weekend called on Hong Kong and Chinese authorities to maintain freedom of the press “in accordance with China’s international legal obligations”.
    The Moon government has pledged to protect human rights, but has been criticized by the opposition for failing to take a stronger stand against countries whose files have been damaged, such as China and North Korea. “I can say for sure that the Moon’s administration is leaning towards China,” Lee said, adding that the Korean public “is not happy.”
    Moon’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, the Foreign Ministry has previously stated that it supports Hong Kong’s “high degree of autonomy” in line with China’s “one country, two systems” principle.
    Li is also opening up a new area for the Conservative bloc to China after Park Geun-hye – his last leader to become president – challenged Beijing as it sought to improve diplomatic and trade ties.
    Moon’s five-year term ends in 2022 and one of Lee’s biggest tasks is to find a conservative candidate to lead his party. Lee is too young to run, with South Korea’s constitution requiring a person to be at least 40 to become president.
    Lee also had questions about the current policy of Kim Jong Un’s North Korean regime, a year older than the PPP leader. Li said North Korea’s system does not have much to offer now in terms of unification. “Do we want to maintain something of their financial system? I say no. ”
    “It’s a different relationship than before. “It almost means that it could be a little harder to negotiate with the North because we have nothing to lose now, but they have everything to lose.”
    In the interview, Lee also talked about qualifying tests for party candidates, one of the biggest gender inequality gaps in the developed world and the meaning of democracy for younger South Koreans.
    Here are some highlights:
    Qualification tests
    “When they have to deal with articles and numbers, I expect them to really know what numbers mean. “The younger generation certainly expects their representative to be more appropriate than them,” Lee said. “We will provide education and training programs to the current members of our party. Anyone who can adapt to this change will survive the test. ”
    “The younger generation is definitely interested in democracy. I was born in 1985 and the Korean won or gained democracy in 1987. We were certainly born given the privilege of democracy. “This younger generation believes that if people from other countries are deprived of such a privilege, we feel sorry for them.”
    Kim Jong Un
    “He went to a western school, I heard, and that means he knows the values ​​of democracy and the social systems of a developed country. Then why does he act in such a way? ”
    New generation
    “I am quite confident that they are looking forward to the next presidential election in March. They believe they can change the nation. ”
    Gender inequality
    “In the 1960s and ’70s, there was definitely a point where Koreans were excluded from education opportunities and they say job opportunities. It was our mothers’ stories, but in the year 2021, I think none of the Korean girls and women are excluded from basic education in Korea and have equal job opportunities. But the Moon Jae-in government is trying to say that there is still too much inequality for fair competition. ”
    Presidential offer in 2027
    “Definitely no. I believe that if you want to claim the presidency, you must be ready to discuss global situations for your people and I need more education. ”


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