Statement by Consul General Madame Tong Xiaoling on the discriminatory language in "The Province"

On February 5, on the front page of "The Province", it referred to the novel coronavirus as "China virus". We strongly oppose and condemn the use of such discriminatory words. The World Health Organization defines this virus as "the novel coronavirus", which is a scientific terminology that has been adopted internationally. The Province's erroneous use of words with obvious racial discrimination on its headline on the front page is extremely unprofessional, which not only counters the recommendations of the World Health Organization, but also reflects this paper's arrogance, prejudice and discrimination. This is inconsistent with the Canadian core values as "The Province" has always professed, as well as journalistic ethics. We demand that "The Province" immediately apologize for its mistake and stop using similar language.

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic, the Chinese government has adopted the most thorough and strict prevention and control measures to protect the Chinese people and the international community in a highly responsible manner; maintained close cooperation with relevant countries and the international organizations in an open, transparent and highly responsible manner. So far, prevention and control work is achieving positive results. China has the confidence, ability, and determination to win the fight against the epidemic. The Chinese government will continue to strengthen cooperation with other countries in an open and transparent manner to jointly and effectively respond to the epidemic, safeguard the life and health of the Chinese people, and contribute to regional and global public health security.

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