"Roh told the premier that even if it is a academic endeavor, the research could have negative repercussions on bilateral relations," the Cheong Wa Dae official said.
He added that the president told the premier that Beijing needed to abide by its previous agreement on this issue. Seoul and Beijing agreed verbally to avoid the ancient history matter in 2004, after Chinese scholars claimed the Koguryo kingdom (37 B.C.-A.D 668) was part of Chinese history. A public uproar erupted recently in South Korea when it was announced that a Beijing-funded research conducted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences argued that Korea's Balhae kingdom (699-926) was a vassal state of China. Balhae is seen as a successor state to Koguryo and part of Korean history
Roh and Wen said they welcomed their countries' close cooperative relationship that has developed over the years, and the Chinese official welcomed the planned visit by Roh to China in October, he said.
Well they seem friendly after all. Korea surely looks different when she talks with China. After all, historically , culturally that is where she belongs.Helsinki, Sept. 10 (Yonhap News)