The Chinese Embassy in South Korea said that it won’t get involved in the recent case involving a Chinese student who was banished from South Korea because he continually lauded its northern counterpart online.
South Korea’s Ministry of Justice confirmed on October 5 that an exchange student from Guangdong province had been deported last month for violating the immigration law and is banned from re-entering for the next five years.
“We have not received any call for assistance [on the matter]. We will not intervene in the case unless we are notified that [he] has received unfair treatment,” a representative from the Chinese Embassy in South Korea told the Global Times.
The student, surnamed Song, apparently posted hundreds of comments in online forums showing staunch support for the North Korean government while staying in South Korea. The Korea Times reported that he’d also taken part in protests organized by liberal civic groups against the South Korean government.
The self-proclaimed “liberal netizen” openly announced his admiration for North Korean leaders on his Facebook page, and when investigators raided his room in Seoul, they were met with banners and promotional material against the leadership of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
Song had originally been charged with violations of the national security law, but was later charged less severely over violations of the immigration law.
In a somewhat similar case from earlier this year, a US high school student who was on an exchange program in Beijing was penalized by Chinese school officials after he wrote pro-democracy messages in a Chinese student’s notebook. The offending scribblings included comments such as “Democracy is for cool kids,” and “It’s right to rebel”.