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Chinese embassy accuse Bangkok Post of political bias in editorial backlash

by Sawadee Siam Staff Writers
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Chinese embassy accuse Bangkok Post of political bias in editorial backlash

The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok has posted a lengthy statement in response to an editorial piece published in the Bangkok Post on April 10th.

The editorial titled “WHO, China must own up,” says that China and the UN Health Agency must “clean up their act, accept their shortcomings which allowed the virus to gain such a tenacious hold, and learn their lessons.”

The piece goes on to criticize China’s initial response to the outbreak of covid-19, mentioning how the country’s authorities “silence doctors and other whistleblowers to raise the alarm.”

It concludes with a call for both China and the WHO to “own up to their actions – and inactions – with this deadly disease that helped to bring the world to a standstill.”

In response, the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok posted a statement on their Facebook page calling out the Bangkok Post and telling them to “not make China the scapegoat of omission.”

The post goes on to call the editorial “a stigmatized attack” and says the statements made in the article “lack scientific proof and solid data sources.”

The statement by the Chinese Embassy then goes on to blame the lack of extensive testing in some countries, failing to mention that many countries lack the capacity to test large populations.

The post also calls for “unity and cooperation” to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and to “stop futile propaganda against China.” It ends with a call for the Bangkok Post to “abandon the political bias….(so it can) become a newspaper people can trust.”

You can read the original editorial from the Bangkok Post here.

The response from the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok is shown below.

Sources: Bangkok Post & Facebook/Chinese Embassy Bangkok