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'Stealing our culture': South Koreans upset after China claims kimchi as its own

Agriculture ministry drawn in to row after state media prompts backlash with claims that China leads global kimchi industry
The spicy cabbage dish kimchi is beloved in South Korea, but China has claimed one fermented dish as its own. Photograph: Justin McCurry/The Guardian

Social media users in China and South Korea are embroiled in another row, this time over the provenance of kimchi, the fermented cabbage dish that most people recognise as an essential part of the Korean diet.

Not, though, in China, where state media have sparked an online backlash

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