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Chinese media digest - Tuesday, December 11
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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.

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South China Morning post

Mainland internet users have accused people who used counterfeit money to pay for items at a charity bazaar in Guangzhou on Saturday of embarrassing all Chinese.

The bazaar was held by more than 30 foreign consulates to help raise money for disabled children in Guangdong, but the money received included 49 fake 100-yuan notes.

The fakes were discovered by bank clerks when the consulates tried to deposit some 330,000 yuan (HK$406,000) raised at the charity bazaar, according to a report in the Yangcheng Evening News yesterday.

The fake banknotes had the same serial number and it is believed those responsible took advantage of foreign staff who were not familiar with the Chinese currency.

Almost all the booths at the charity bazaar received fake banknotes.

The South Korean consulate's stall received eight of the fake notes, the newspaper said. The consulate did not response to inquiries yesterday.

All the products on sale at the charity bazaar, organised by Guangdong's foreign affairs office, were provided by the consulates for free and sold at a much cheaper price than they would be available in shops.

A reporter from Yangcheng Evening News said most of the foreign diplomats running the booths were unaware of the fraud being perpetrated.

One South American consulate did not even have cashiers, just a shoe box for customers to place money in.

The scandal was circulated widely on the internet over the weekend, with angry internet users accusing those responsible of having "embarrassed every Chinese person".

Guangdong produces 90 per cent of the mainland's counterfeit banknotes, and police in the province police have seized billions of yuan in fake money over the years.

Police say most of the counterfeit money is produced in Shantou, Shanwei and Jieyang , where fraud syndicates were closely linked and shared machines and supplies.
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It reminds me of another news report:

From NBC news:

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, Locke was taking questions from the audience when CCTV business host Rui Chenggang stood up and asked him, “I hear you flew here coach. Is that a reminder that U.S. owes China money?”

The question was in reference to the swathes of coverage Locke received for his apparent humble and low-maintenance comportment since taking the ambassadorship – a characteristic not always shared by even the most junior Chinese government officials. He has gotten a lot of attention in the Chinese press for flying economy class on trips and purchasing his own coffee at Starbucks.

To his credit, Locke seemed to answer Rui’s belligerent question with composure, describing the economy-class plane tickets as a State Department standard. He also noted that, "As a very easy-going person, I believe I'm a good representative of the way Americans do things."

Locke continued by saying, "I hope this type of openness will help Chinese and Americans to know more about each other, break down barriers and dispel misunderstandings.”

Taking to his Weibo account later Thursday, Rui responded to Locke’s comments by noting that Locke was once a U.S. governor and thus – unlike many Chinese officials – savvy to the ways of proper communication and public relations:

Gary Locke always spares no effort at seizing every occasion and opportunity to publicize American values. He only mentions the good sides of the U.S. and avoids mentioning the bad sides. This is his job. He is probably the most willing to showcase his own and is good at doing so as an ambassador. His public behaviors, from using a backpack to buying coffee, from taking a van (instead of a car) to taking economy class, are all accurately received, photographed, spread and discussed. He knows how the media works because he used to run for governor.”

His statement immediately drew more than 20,000 comments from other Weibo users, both in support and critical of his stance toward the ambassador.

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