A woman has an affair with multiple men, two of them exchange punches over her and ultimately resign from their jobs because of the scandalous affair — that’s a storyline more fitting of a TV soap opera than the inner workings of a consulate, but that is exactly the sex scandal rocking the South Korean consulate here in Shanghai. You can’t even make up stuff this good.
The Chinese “temptress” involved is Deng Xinming, a 33 year old married (but separated) mother. For several years, she’s carried on affairs with as many as 7 high-profile South Korean diplomats in exchange for access to documents and expedited visas.
Deng’s believed to have significant influence and connections to high-level officials in China. One of her now disgraced lovers said that she claimed to be a relative of Deng Xiaoping and would often arrange for meetings between the Korean government officials and Shanghai’s Communist Party.
The story is hot news in South Korea with photos circulating all over news outlets. In the Korean press, the officials Deng was mainly involved with are described only as H, K, and P. Reportedly, she took up with P, a 48-year old Ministry of Foreign Affairs official in 2006. Two years later, she took on K, a 42-year old economic minister as her lover. The year following that, a 41-year old Ministry of Justice official became her third lover. There’s even an alleged note, signed by K, promising to cut off a finger if he stops loving Deng. Her other conquests may even include the former consul general Kim Jung Ki. All of the diplomats are being investigated for misuse of authority and the leaking of confidential information.
South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan issued a public apology on Wednesday “for causing the people anxieties over an unsavory incident.” Because there apparently was a cover up of the Shanghai scandal, this mistress business may have extremely far-reaching negative political repercussions for President Lee Myung-bak’s administration.