Commentary: It is very revealing how reliable Chinese media source is. A prominent Chinese TV’s English program host Yang Rui shows his lack of professionalism in journalism when he called a foreign correspondent Melissa Chan of Al-Jazeera’s Beijing bureau a “bitch” when she got expelled by the Chinese authorities. Instead of defending the press freedom and a professional colleague, he used vulgarity to call name on a reporter lady. Such a gentleman and educated he is!
His comments show how arrogant Chinese have become about the success of their powerful economy and how much contempt view of the economic crisis in the West. He represents the best face of China, educated, gentle and soft-spoken, well-mannered and civilized. I guess that the best that China can offer to the world.
It is so ironic that Chinese economy is powerful because of its size, but the system is so corrupted that the majority of wealthy Chinese citizens try to secure a foreign passport in order to jump ship. China is not a land of equal opportunity. Even his daughter is attending college in the USA.
With a surge of anti-foreigner bile rising in Beijing, one might expect a prominent Chinese TV personality whose job it is to interview foreigners to weigh in with a few calming words.
One would be dead wrong.
In a rather perplexing move this week, Chinese Central Television host Yang Rui added a dose of poison to an already vitriolic debate about the behavior of foreigners in the Chinese capital by posting a message online in which he accused foreign spies in the city of pursuing Chinese women to cover up their activities, blamed Western residents for encouraging Chinese people to move abroad and appeared to take a certain vulgar delight in the recent expulsion of al-Jazeera correspondent Melissa Chan.
The Public Security Bureau wants to clean out the foreign trash: To arrest foreign thugs and protect innocent girls, they need to concentrate on the disaster zones in [student district] Wudaokou and [drinking district] Sanlitun.
Cut off the foreign snake heads. People who can’t find jobs in the U.S. and Europe come to China to grab our money, engage in human trafficking and spread deceitful lies to encourage emigration. Foreign spies seek out Chinese girls to mask their espionage and pretend to be tourists while compiling maps and GPS data for Japan, Korea and the West. We kicked out that foreign bitch and closed Al-Jazeera’s Beijing bureau. We should shut up those who demonize China and send them packing.
A fluent English-speaker best known for grilling foreign experts on CCTV’s current affairs interview show Dialogue, Mr. Yang was responding to a campaign launched by Beijing’s Public Security Bureau last week that aims to “clean out” foreigners who have either entered the country illegally or are living or working in the city without the proper visas.
The campaign was announced in the wake of a nationwide uproar over a video posted online that appeared to show a foreigner sexually assaulting a Chinese woman on a Beijing street.
The launch of the campaign prompted an outpouring of anti-foreign sentiment that only picked up on Monday after another video was posted online showing Russian cellist Oleg Vedernikov, a principal in the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, rudely mocking a Chinese train passenger who’d become angry with him for resting his feet on the top of her seat.
Mr. Oleg issued an apology in Russian on the orchestra’s Sina Weibo feed on Thursday evening, prompting numerous Internet users to wonder why he could curse a Chinese person in Chinese but not say sorry to her in her own language.
Even against that background, however, Mr. Yang’s comments appeared to earn him more criticism than praise.
“This is how the Boxer Rebellion started,” wrote one Sina Weibo user posting under the handle Xingyue, referencing the turn-of-the-century nationalist uprising that saw thousands of foreigners murdered and ultimately resulted in the invasion of northern China by foreign armies.
“Melissa Chan was a correspondent who did her job to the fullest,” responded a user with the screen name Jiong Nasen, one of many who expressed a preference for al-Jazeera over CCTV. “You at your best are a handheld microphone. The one we should kick out of China is you.”
Mr. Yang appeared to backtrack slightly on Friday, writing in another message on Sina Weibo that he still thought it “sweeping out the foreign trash is necessary,” but that China “should be on guard against xenophobia and the perversions of the Boxer movement.”
Whether he was put up to that second message by the producer in charge of booking guests for his show wasn’t clear.