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  • Shooting rifles at an Asiana A321
    Posted by Bradley Perrett 7:10 AM on Jun 20, 2011

    It could have been worse when South Korean marines opened ineffective rifle fire on an Asiana A321 on June 18--not that the aircraft might have been shot down, but that it might have been Chinese.

    Relations between South Korea and China are poor, not so much between the governments as between the peoples. Nationalism is intense on both sides. Many overpatriotic Chinese, preferring to indulge in conspiracy theories, would have been unwilling to see an honest mistake. Partly because of that, the Chinese government's diplomatic response probably would have been on the tough side.

    The two marines thought the A321, approaching Incheon airport to land in fog before dawn, was North Korean. The South Korean military says it will take measures to prevent such an incident from happening again. That will please the foreign ministry as well as the transport ministry.

    Tags: tw99, Asiana, Korea, China

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