Chinese diplomat blames the West of spreading fake news

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China faced criticism for it's role against Hong Kong protests and ethnic groups in Xinjiang region.

Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Zha Liyou said at a media reception on Wednesday, 'I have noticed that Indian media is used to forwarding news from media of western countries which is fake and meant to discredit China, esp news on Hong Kong and Xinjiang recently with few objective and positive voices. I think this is unfair not only for China, but also for Indian readers, because it is crucial for hundreds of millions of Indian people to learn about their great neighboring country in a comprehensive and balanced way.' (Photo: File | AP)

Kolkata: A Chinese diplomat has blamed the Western world of spreading fake news to discredit his country after China faced criticism for it's role against Hong Kong protests and ethnic groups in Xinjiang region.

Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Zha Liyou said at a media reception on Wednesday, "I have noticed that Indian media is used to forwarding news from media of western countries which is fake and meant to discredit China, esp news on Hong Kong and Xinjiang recently with few objective and positive voices. I think this is unfair not only for China, but also for Indian readers, because it is crucial for hundreds of millions of Indian people to learn about their great neighboring country in a comprehensive and balanced way."

He alleged, "The anti-china interpretation shows double standards adopted by some western countries, which is exactly what all the Xinjiang-related fake news of western media is about."

Mr Liyou claimed, "As for Hong Kong, if you have seen how the violent criminals rampantly smashed facilities, set fire, bullied and attacked innocent civilians, forcibly occupied university campuses, mobbed young students, and assaulted police officers in a premeditated way (videos are available on my twitter), you shall understand that the issue Hong Kong faces is not about human rights or democracy, but about stopping violence and chaos, upholding rule of law and restoring order as soon as possible."

He added, "And you shall understand the feelings of the Indian young girl from Kolkata studying in a HK university, when she contacted my office and asked how she may get visa to leave HK for mainland China to unite with her mother, after she got stranded in the university that fell into chaos made by the violent protesters."

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Mr Liyou argued, "All in all, Xinjiang and HK related affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. We resolutely safeguard China's sovereignty, security and development interests, and firmly oppose the interference in China's internal affairs by any force using Xinjiang or HK related issues. The Western forces' attempts to sow discord among various ethnic groups in China and contain China's growth will never succeed."

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