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South Korea accused of ramping up discrimination against Chinese tourists

  • Social media account of Chinese tabloid says Seoul’s entry restrictions, PCR tests unfairly target Chinese travellers

  • South Korea says curbs are needed to protect against imported Covid infections

A social media account run by a nationalistic Chinese tabloid says Seoul’s visa entry restrictions and PCR tests unfairly target Chinese travellers. Photo: AP

South Korea was accused on Wednesday of having stepped up what Beijing called “discrimination” against Chinese tourists in the past week, as a dispute over travel curbs between the two Asian neighbours escalated.

In a commentary, Buyidao, a WeChat account associated with nationalist tabloid Global Times, an arm of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, called Beijing’s decision to suspend some types of visas for South Koreans “reciprocal countermeasures”.


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