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On October 5, South Korean social activist and professor at Sungshin Women’s University Seo Kyungdeok posted an impassioned rant on IG talking about how Chinese netizens have been watching Squid Game through illegal downloads and streams before claiming that the Chinese are riding on the popularity of the series to sell rip-offs of the series’ iconic green tracksuits.

The professor then accused Chinese people of “ignoring copyright and plagiarising” the hard work put in by the team behind Squid Game.

He attributed the situation to “China having a crisis after Korean content such as Squid Game and Kingdom continue to attract attention from people all over the world", adding that the country is fearful about how the "Asian cultural initiative is now moving to Korea".

 "China needs to learn how to respect the cultures of other countries,” he declared. 

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