AP Explains How a single Trump sentence enraged South Korea

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SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. President Donald Trump"s apparently offhand comment after meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping — that "Korea actually used to be a part of China" — has enraged many South Koreans.

The historically inaccurate sentence from a Wall Street Journal interview bumps up against a raft of historical and political sensitivities in a country where many have long feared Chinese designs on the Korean Peninsula. It also feeds neatly into longstanding worries about Seoul"s shrinking role in dealing with its nuclear-armed rival, North Korea.

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