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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Jianchao's Remarks on the Irresponsible Reports on the Virginia Tech Shooting incident by Some Overseas Media

2007-04-18

Q: After the Virginia Tech shooting incident, some media in the US and other countries reported that the killer was an overseas Chinese student, which had a negative impact internationally. Now that the US police has released the truth of the incident and proved such reports groundless. What is your comment on this?

A: The shooting tragedy at the Virginia Tech University is a very serious incident. A few US media made irresponsible reports before verifying their credibility, which was an erroneous act and violated the professional ethic of the press. We have urged relevant parties to eliminate the negative impact of these reports.

The Chinese Government and its people are very concerned with this incident and hereby extend deep condolences to the victims and heart-felt sympathy and sincere solicitude to their families and those injured. We hope the injured recover soon.

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