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'Hate China virus' puts South Korea's Moon under pressure

President walks political tightrope as the coronavirus epidemic grows

Guards at the Deoksugung palace in Seoul wear masks to avoid the new coronavirus infection. (Photo by Sotaro Suzuki)

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in, already hard-pressed to prevent the spread of deadly coronavirus in the country, is facing another kind of outbreak -- a rise in anti-Chinese sentiment among the terrified South Korean populace. 

The "hate China virus" could end up being as harmful as the epidemic that is threatening to put a crimp on the nation's economy. 

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