Chinese paper slams 'absurd' Korean history claim





A Chinese newspaper has criticized as "imprudent" plans by Korea's Education Ministry to revise history textbooks to show that Korea's development began earlier than is currently stated.

The Ministry last week announced that it would change the high school textbooks to state as fact that the Old Chosun dynasty was founded by Dangun Wanggeom and that the Bronze Age on the peninsula was from 2000 BC to 1500 BC, a thousand years earlier than the textbooks now state.

Sanghai's Dongfang Zaobao newspaper on Monday said, “The South Korean government surprised the people with its imprudent attitude in accepting academics' assertions which have long been disputed.”

The Old Chosun kingdom existed until 108 BC in the Liaodong peninsula of what is now China and northwestern regions of Korea. Koreans believe that the possibly legendary Dangun Wanggeom established the kingdom in 2333 BC.

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