A prominent Chinese TV host gets a little xenophobic.
The host of a respected English-language CCTV program posted a message on Sina Weibo last Wednesday in support of the Chinese government's measures to crackdown on expatriate criminals. As James Fallows wrote of Yang Rui's diatribe in a comprehensive post over the weekend, "the reaction in the Chinese blogosphere has been mockery of Yang Rui for his xenophobia."
Yang, who co-hosts CCTV 9's Dialogue, wrote:
The Public Security Bureau must clean up foreign trash, snatch foreign vagabonds and protect our innocent girls. Wudaokou and Sanlitun are the most deeply affected areas.
Wudaokou and Sanlitun are two bar districts in Beijing. Wudaokou is largely dominated by Korean students who study at nearby universities, and Sanlitun streets are often packed with European, African, and American bar-goers.
We already kicked out that foreign bitch [Melissa Chan] and shut down Al Jazeera's Beijing office, to show people who demonize China that they can shut up and beat it.
Yang's commentary, which comes after a British national sexually
assaulted a Chinese woman near Tiananmen Square, provoked a flurry of
responses from the Sina Weibo community, in China and abroad.