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Derision over China official's visa 'discrimination' claim

Published on Jan 16, 2014 8:39 PM
 
A family walks in Beijing's international airport, on Jan 9, 2014. A top Chinese official's claim that the country's citizens are discriminated against in visa arrangements worldwide prompted widespread online derision Thursday, Jan 16, 2014, with posters arguing Beijing's own policies were to blame. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - A top Chinese official's claim that the country's citizens are discriminated against in visa arrangements worldwide prompted widespread online derision Thursday, with posters arguing Beijing's own policies were to blame.

Huang Ping, director-general of the foreign ministry's consular department, told the state-run Beijing Youth Daily that those seeking to travel abroad on Chinese passports "certainly face some inconveniences".

"Some countries view Chinese people 'through coloured glasses' and don't welcome us due to ideological reasons," Mr Huang told the paper in an interview published Wednesday.

Countries had a "prevent and control" attitude toward Chinese people, implemented through visa policies "requiring many application materials, a stringent review and a cumbersome procedure", he said.

 
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