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Retail mogul's anti-communist Instagram posts roil South Korea

Controversy caused by Shinsegae Group heir echoes deepening social divide

Shinsegae Group Vice Chairman Chung Yong-jin, shown in his New Year's video message, caused a stir in South Korea by posting an anti-communist slogan on Instagram. (Photo courtesy of Shinsegae Group)

SEOUL -- An anti-communist slogan posted on Instagram by Chung Yong-jin, vice chairman of South Korean retail giant Shinsegae Group, caused an uproar early this month, pitting the country's liberal and conservative camps against each other over policy toward China and North Korea.

His remark drew condemnation from the liberal camp, which values ties with China and North Korea, but won praise from conservatives, who call for a stronger alliance with the U.S. The dispute has highlighted the divide in South Korean public opinion.

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