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Chinese diplomat complains of Swiss prejudice

August 12, 2008
August 10, 2008

The Chinese ambassador to Bern, Dong Jinyi, has complained of
prejudice against China in Swiss media coverage before the Olympic Games.

In an interview with the Sunday newspaper Sonntag, Jinyi said that
the Swiss media did not know the reality in China, which is why their
contributions gave a "false image" of China.

"It's a pity," he commented. According to the ambassador the Chinese
authorities welcome constructive criticism but "they cannot accept
the media twisting the facts".

Jinyi described relations between Switzerland and China as "very
stable" and he said that little disagreements could not affect the
ties between Bern and Beijing.

"Switzerland should understand that's China's first priority is to
ensure the primary needs of its citizens ... We have a long way to go
before we reach the standard of living of the Swiss population."

On the subject of the visit to Switzerland of the spiritual leader of
Tibet, the Dalai Lama, planned for October, the ambassador said he
hoped the authorities would not offer him a platform for "his
separatist activities".
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