[이데일리 장영락 기자] Shinsegae Vice Chairman Chung Yong-jin posted a political message with a picture of Chinese President Xi Jinping along with a political message saying “Destruction”, but later replaced the photo. Vice Chairman Chung also explained that the message was not aimed at China, saying, “I have no interest in what other countries are doing.”
Vice Chairman Chung, who is famous for gaining many followers on Instagram, posted an article and photo on the 6th that included a picture of President Xi, saying, “Korea cannot protest once against China, where it is not.” Added hashtags such as ‘work’ and ‘anti-communist counterintelligence’.
After replacing the photo with a photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, he said, “My destruction has nothing to do with China. It’s just an abomination to the children living above us (North Korea), and I hope you don’t link me with China. It was a reaction that came out of antipathy as a Korean citizen to calling Korea a small country. Please do not misunderstand everyone.”
Vice-Chairman Chung seems to have made such an explanation for fear that it might be perceived as a slander against China, which is closely intertwined with trade.
On the evening of the 8th, Vice Chairman Chung posted a post on Instagram again, adding, “My demise is towards the children living above me.”
Vice Chairman Chung said, “Destruction starts from near. I reveal that I have no interest in other countries, whether they are communist or democratic. Please do not misunderstand.”
Unlike other influential corporate executives who thoroughly exclude political statements, Vice Chairman Chung’s post the day before, who frequently makes right-wing remarks, drew more attention as former Justice Minister Cho Kuk directly mentioned it.
Former Minister Cho took issue with Vice Chairman Chung’s remarks and pointed out that it was “at the level of Yoon Seok-yeol”, and Vice Chairman Chung also referred to the article and left a message saying “Respec”.