Apol­ogy urged for in­sult­ing Chi­nese

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHAO YANRONG and ZHANG FAN

Bei­jing has asked a Span­ish tele­vi­sion sta­tion that in­sulted Chi­nese peo­ple to cor­rect its wrongs and pre­vent sim­i­lar mis­takes from hap­pen­ing, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs said on Thurs­day.

Telecinco, a Span­ish sta­tion also known as Tele 5, broad­cast a show named Mesa para Dos, mean­ing “Ta­ble for Two”, dur­ing its New Year Gala.

A clown on the show, wear­ing an ex­ag­ger­ated cos­tume of the Qing Dy­nasty (1644-1911) with a long pig­tail hat, played a waiter in a Chi­nese restau­rant serv­ing Span­ish cus­tomers.

The cus­tomers shouted “Este Chino es gilipolla”, mean­ing “This Chi­nese is stupid”, twice dur­ing the show.

“There are more than 180,000 Chi­nese liv­ing in Spain who con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. I re­gret what hap­pened,” said min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing at a daily news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing.

Spain is China’s good friend and part­ner in the Euro­pean Union, and the two coun­tries ben­e­fit from bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion, which has been deep­en­ing over the years, Hua said.

“The TV sta­tion should cor­rect its wrongs and take mea­sures to ease the neg­a­tive in­flu­ence,” she added.

The Chi­nese em­bassy to Spain pub­lished on Wed­nes­day a let­ter from China’s charge d’af­faires Huang Yazhong to the chan­nel’s chair­man and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, ex­press­ing strong dis­sat­is­fac­tion and stern con­dem­na­tion of the pro­gram.

“Such ac­tions can­not be played down as an ‘im­proper joke’,” Huang said in the let­ter.

The chan­nel’s host, Aida Nizar, said on her pro­gram in May that Chi­nese restau­rants had used hu­man corpses and meat from cats to make dishes. The lo­cal Chi­nese com­mu­nity and the em­bassy strongly ob­jected to the pro­gram, which was then deleted from the chan­nel’s web­site.

“If the im­age of over­seas Chi­nese in Spain is dam­aged in this way, the im­age of Spain in China will also be hurt. One can­not be re­spected if he or she does not re­spect oth­ers,” Huang said. Con­tact the writer at zhaoy­an­rong@chi­nadaily.com.cn and zhang­fan1@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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