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A Responsible Official of the Department of European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lodges Solemn Representations with UK over Its Ambassador's Inappropriate Article

2021/03/09

On March 9, 2021, a responsible official of the Department of European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned British Ambassador to China Caroline Wilson, lodging solemn representations over her inappropriate signed article on social media.

The official of the Department of European Affairs pointed out that as the top British diplomat in China, Caroline Wilson used the official platform to express grievances for individual foreign media which have been sanctioned for fake news and contrived reports, deliberately confusing news defamation with news supervision, as well as turning a blind eye when Chinese media are oppressed by foreign side. The whole article was full of "lecturer" arrogance and ideological bias, turning black into white and applying double standards, which is seriously inconsistent with the status of diplomats and the functions of diplomatic institutions. The article caused widespread dissatisfaction among the Chinese public and was strongly criticized immediately after it had been published.

The official of the Department of European Affairs stressed that the Chinese government and people have never opposed foreign media. What China opposes are fake news and malicious attacks on China, the Communist Party of China and the Chinese system in the name of "press freedom" and "speech freedom". China urges Caroline Wilson to deeply reflect on her own responsibilities, know her position, and do more things that are conducive to promoting the development of bilateral relations.

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