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Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on Some Swedish Media's Untruthful Reporting on China's United Front Work

Q: Recently, some Swedish media reported that the United Front Work Department of the CPC has carried out activities in Sweden in an attempt to expand influence and has contacted with some local Chinese people. What’s your comment?

A: We have noticed that some Swedish media like SR, SVD, Expressen, Aftonbladet have been maliciously hyping up the normal foreign exchanges of the United Front Work Department. Relevant reports are seriously inconsistent with the facts. The United Front Work Department is a functional organization of the CPC, and its functions include giving guidance to the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and contacting overseas Chinese. In keeping with the principles of openness, transparency, equality, mutual benefit and mutual respect, the United Front Work Department provides support and services for Chinese private enterprises affiliated to the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce to carry out foreign exchanges and cooperation, and for overseas Chinese to participate in relevant countries’ friendly exchanges and cooperation with China. The Chinese Government has always encouraged overseas Chinese to abide by the laws and regulations of the host country, actively integrate into the local society, and contribute to local social and economic development. Meanwhile, we resolutely oppose unwarranted accusations, smear campaigns, attacks or even racial discrimination against overseas Chinese.

For some time, some Swedish media and forces have been fabricating lies out of nothing and provoking troubles. They have moved against the trend of friendly cooperation between China and Sweden, and conducted a witch hunt against people in Sweden who are engaged in friendly exchanges and cooperation with China, which is a political persecution of these people. We strongly condemn that. Though the bodies of those Swedish media and forces have entered the 21st century, their brains remain in the Cold War era. We strongly advise them to keep up with the pace of the times, abandon ideological prejudice and outdated cold war mentality, immediately stop unwarranted accusations and slander, and immediately stop disturbing the normal exchanges and cooperation between China and Sweden and their peoples, to maintain the common interests of the two countries and peoples.

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