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Incendiary Beijing restaurant sign triggers online fury

Published on Feb 27, 2013 9:37 PM
 
A sign that says "This shop does not receive the Japanese, The Philippines, The Vietnamese and Dog" is seen at a restaurant in Beijing on Feb 26, 2013. The sign has triggered a wave of online outrage among Vietnamese and Filipinos. -- PHOTO: AFP

HANOI (AFP) - A sign at a Beijing restaurant barring citizens of nations involved in maritime disputes with China - along with dogs - has triggered a wave of online outrage among Vietnamese and Filipinos.

The Beijing Snacks restaurant near the Forbidden City, a popular tourist spot, has posted a sign on its door reading "This shop does not receive the Japanese, the Philippines, the Vietnamese and dog(s)."

Photographs of the controversial sign have gone viral in Vietnamese-language forums and featured heavily in Philippine newspapers and websites on Wednesday.

Vietnam's state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper ran a story saying the sign had "ignited online fury". It claimed many Vietnamese feel this is another example of Chinese "extreme nationalism that deserves to be condemned".

 
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