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Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Letter to BBC Radio 4 on the Latter's False Report
2021/03/11

On 9 March, BBC Radio 4 aired a report titled “The Disinformation Dragon”, making groundless accusations against China on issues related to, among others, information, Covid-19 and diplomacy. Before the report’s broadcast, the Chinese Embassy Spokesperson had sent a letter to BBC Radio 4 expressing strong dissatisfaction with the report to be aired, stating the position of the Chinese side on the issues concerned, and urging the latter to abandon bias, correct its mistake and report China in a objective, fair and balanced manner. The following is the main content of the letter:

First, about COVID-19 origin-tracing. Origin-tracing is a complex scientific issue. It should be carried out by scientists in collaboration from across the world. China has all along been open and transparent, maintained close communication and cooperation with the WHO, and provided strong support and assistance for the visit of WHO experts to China on the matter.

Quite a number of clues, reports and studies have shown that the infections broke out in multiple places in the world as early as in the latter half of 2019. Regarding Fort Detrick, there were a lot of reports in the US media, including social media, in June and July 2019. The WHO needs to conduct similar visits to other countries and regions based on facts and its mandate.

China's position is very clear, and we have no intention to mislead people's judgment. We hope that following China's example, the relevant countries will act in a positive, science-based and cooperative manner, and invite WHO experts in for origin-tracing study. This is what they should do to promote international cooperation on the pandemic and the building of the global community of health for all.

Second, about Twitter’s taking down of accounts attributed to China. Since June 2019, the Hong Kong opposition and some radical forces have carried out violent activities in various forms against the law in the name of peaceful marches and rallies. There has been massive coverage on so-called "right to peaceful protest" but scarce reports and even total disregard of the violent offences perpetrated by extreme radicals.

Some social platforms are fraught with malicious lies and rumors against China. It is necessary for some people to speak up in a truthful, objective and impartial manner. Ordinary netizens have the right to express their views and opinions.

It is hoped that the media and social platforms like Twitter will uphold the principle of objectiveness and fairness, abandon double standards, strengthen evaluation, and make correct judgement of what is disinformation, what are lies, and what is the truth.

Third, about Tiktok. The Chinese government encourages Chinese enterprises to carry out overseas business cooperation in compliance with market principles, international rules and laws and regulations. What we oppose is politicizing economic and trade issues and abusing state power and the concept of national security to oppress foreign companies.

Some countries are threatening a Chinese company based on presumption of guilt without any evidence. This is in violation of the WTO principles of openness, transparency and non-discrimination. It doesn't serve the interests of its own people and companies.

Fourth, about Internet security. China advocates cyberspace connectivity and calls for improving the global Internet governance system. The Western media have constantly blamed China for the fundamental problems of Internet management. In fact, China has no intention to seek confrontation with the West. We are simply defending our national security, a red line that must not be crossed. In the face of cyber hegemony, China has to safeguard its cyber security when sharing the fruits of the Internet with the rest of the world. This is beyond reproach.

Fifth, about "Wolf Warrior" diplomacy. I would like to stress that, like any other country in the world, the primary duty of China’s diplomacy is to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, as well as dignity.

China has always been a country of propriety and deeply values harmony. We have never been the one that starts provocations and have no intention to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries. It is the others who keep meddling in our domestic affairs and smearing China.

We have no choice but to stand up for ourselves and firmly defend our national interests and dignity. This is totally different from being assertive.

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