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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump promised big tax cuts for the middle class, but for nearly 8 million families, the opposite would occur: They’d pay more. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

South Korea gave Trump a history lesson after he said it was once part of China

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During last week's interview with The Wall Street Journal, President Trump said Chinese President Xi Jinping told him that "Korea actually used to be a part of China."

This infuriated South Koreans, becoming a talking point in the nation's presidential race and prompting officials to give Trump a history lesson.

Democratic Party of Korea candidate Moon Jae-in demanded full context from China. 

It's a clear fact acknowledged by the international community that, for thousands of years in history, Korea has never been part of China.
Cho June-hyuck, foreign ministry spokesman

Chinese dynasties invaded the Korean peninsula multiple times over the nation's lengthy histories, but South Koreans insist they were never ruled by China, Bloomberg reports.

This is clearly a distortion of history and an invasion of the Republic of Korea's sovereignty.
Hong Joon-pyo, Liberty Korea Party

With the May 9 elections to replace disgraced former president Park Geun-hye looming, South Korean candidates weighed in on Trump's comments, uniformly condemning them.

FILE - This combination of two 2016 file photos shows, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, left, talking with President Barack Obama at White House in Washington, U.S.A. on Nov. 10, and China's President Xi Jinping arriving at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on Nov. 22. Chinese leaders are meeting to set economic goals for 2017 amid pressure from Trump and European governments over trade and market access. The Economic Work Conference, attended by Xi and other Communist Party leaders, which began Wednesday, Dec. 14, is a throwback to China’s era of central planning but still plays a key role in directing economic development. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Luis Hidalgo, Files)

FILE - This combination of two 2016 file photos shows, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, left, talking with President Barack Obama at White House in Washington, U.S.A. on Nov. 10, and China's President Xi Jinping arriving at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on Nov. 22. Chinese leaders are meeting to set economic goals for 2017 amid pressure from Trump and European governments over trade and market access. The Economic Work Conference, attended by Xi and other Communist Party leaders, which began Wednesday, Dec. 14, is a throwback to China’s era of central planning but still plays a key role in directing economic development. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Luis Hidalgo, Files)

Trump has inched closer to China in recent weeks, ramping up pressure on China to curb North Korea's nuclear program. 

Back in 2014, Trump said South Korea was "killing" the U.S. on trade deals.

He also hinted that they owed the U.S. for protection from North Korea.

China reportedly put its bombers on 'high alert' because of North Korea tensions

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