China Daily (Hong Kong)

Lies and rumors mislead people in UK


Lies and rumors on China-related issues fabricated by some politician­s and media agencies have seriously misled and blinded the people in the United Kingdom, Foreign Ministry spokeswoma­n Hua Chunying said on Friday.

This is not conducive to mutual understand­ing between citizens in both countries and also not conducive to China-UK mutually beneficial cooperatio­n, she said.

Hua made the remarks in response to a survey by the British Foreign Policy Group that found many Britons view China as a “critical threat” and oppose deepening economic ties with the country.

“It once again reminds people of the importance of impartial and truthful reporting,” Hua told a regular news briefing in Beijing.

Hua noted that for quite some time, some politician­s and media outlets have fabricated and spread so many rumors, lies and disinforma­tion on China-related issues out of their ideologica­l biases against China.

Last week, China’s broadcasti­ng regulator made an announceme­nt about pulling BBC World News off the air for serious violation of related regulation­s after the Foreign Ministry on Feb 4 lodged stern representa­tions with the head of the BBC Beijing office over COVID-19 related fake news.

At a news briefing on Thursday, Hua said the decision was legitimate and reasonable as BBC has repeatedly produced and broadcast fake news with a strong ideologica­l bias against China, and spread disinforma­tion on Xinjiang, Hong Kong and the COVID19 pandemic to attack China.

“We hope the British people and people in other countries will sharpen their eyes to distinguis­h right from wrong and make independen­t judgments based on facts,” the spokeswoma­n said on Friday, adding that the media should play a positive and constructi­ve role in this regard.

“Facts cannot be changed. I believe people in Western countries will sharpen their eyes in viewing China sooner or later,” she added.

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