The Chinese Consulate General in Sydney Strongly Condemns
The Daily Telegraph for Publishing Images Insulting China
On 22 April, The Daily Telegraph newspaper in New South Wales of Australia published an article that included a defaced design of China's national emblem maliciously linking COVID-19 with China. This act has gravely hurt the feelings of the Chinese people, and the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney strongly condemns and firmly opposes it.
It is not clear yet where the COVID-19 virus originated. Virus tracing is a complex scientific issue that requires scientific and professional expertise. What the Daily Telegraph has done is not only ignorant and contemptuous of science, but also shows disdain for the tremendous efforts and sacrifices made by the Chinese people in fighting the pandemic.
The national emblem of China is the symbol of the People's Republic of China and is inviolable. To desecrate the national emblem of China is to insult China and the Chinese people. Freedom of speech must never infringe on the bottom line of human conscience and social morality and should never become an excuse to insult China and Chinese people.
We hereby demand that The Daily Telegraph make a public apology, and we urge the newspaper to abandon its ideological bias, to immediately stop politicising the pandemic and stigmatising China, and do something useful in the global fight against the pandemic, rather than the other way around.