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Chinese media digest - Tuesday, December 11|
Globaltimes.cn | Globaltimes.cn
Published on December 11, 2012 19:24
Ex-official blasted for foreign-run charity remark
A former high-level official accused a foreign-run charity sale in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of shaming the Chinese people,sparking debate on the Internet.
About 30 consulate generals in Guangzhou took part in the sale, collecting about 330,000 yuan（$52,833) for children with disability, among which 4,900 yuan($785) was found to be counterfeit, according to a report by the Yangcheng Evening News.
He Keng, former deputy director of the State Statistics Bureau of China, posted on his Weibo account that while he doubted the consulate generals donated fake money on purpose, "they collected money from Chinese people to help other Chinese, which is shameless."
Chinese media outlets expressed outrage toward He, urging society to respect charities regardless of their nation of origin.
Media personality Sheng Xiang expressed shock toward the former official's post on the Beijing News, saying that Chinese still lack self-confidence.
"We should realize that fake money in a charitable donation is just accidental. It is He's ridiculous words that make it become a public topic. In fact, we should pay more attention to the donation itself rather than the amount or the organizers," said Sheng.
"A nation with real self-confidence wouldn't be so easily ashamed when foreigners have a bad experience in their country or think that foreign-run charities are some kind of humiliation," Sheng added.
Hunan-based news website Rednet.cn criticized He for his narrow-minded patriotism in an opinion piece.
"Narrow-minded patriotism is not rare among Chinese today. We should rid ourselves of it, comment on such events objectively and show the true bearing of China and Chinese people," said the article.
Wu Yinghai, a contributor to Chengdu Business Daily, urged society to show respect for charities instead of abusing organizers for ridiculous reasons.
"I find it unimaginable that He was a high-level official in the past. In charity, we should not discriminate against foreigners but respect and love everyone. It is the person who donated counterfeit money that we should be blaming," said Wu.