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China puts Moon Jae-in on the spot with Beijing Olympics invite

Seoul sees South Korean public turning sour on neighboring power

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during the summit of the Visegrad Group countries and South Korea, in Budapest, Hungary, on Nov. 4.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China has officially invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, according to a diplomatic source familiar with bilateral relations, leaving Seoul to choose between the U.S. and the Asian power.

Moon has struck a balanced foreign policy regarding the Sino-U.S. rivalry. But Beijing apparently looks to draw South Korea to its side as a counter against the diplomatic boycott of the Olympics by the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.

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