CHILI RE­CEP­TION

The World of Chinese - - Mishmash -

In­done­sian me­dia were re­cently up in arms claim­ing that di­as­pora Chi­nese were in­volved in a das­tardly plot to in­tro­duce tainted chili crops to In­done­sian land. A crop of chili in­fected with bac­te­ria that are not dan­ger­ous to hu­mans, but po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous to chili crops, was found on a farm near Jakarta. The crops were re­port­edly planted by Chi­nese, prompt­ing claims of “bi­o­log­i­cal war­fare.” The peo­ple who planted the crops have been ar­rested, and the Chi­nese em­bassy is try­ing to hose down the con­spir­acy claims. - D.D.

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