Lijian Zhao, deputy chief of mission at the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan kicked off the war of words over the weekend, with a string of tweets that began as commentary on Western criticism of China’s policies toward its Muslim Uighur population. His remarks soon drifted into the treatment of minority groups in the US.
“If you’re in Washington, DC, you know the white never go to the SW area, because it’s an area for the black & Latin,”Zhao wrote in a now deleted tweet. “There’s a saying ‘black in & white out’, which means that as long as a black family enters, white people will quit, & price of the apartment will fall sharply.”
Zhao soon clarified that he meant to say Southeast DC, and added, “Racism in US has existed since the colonial era. Racial stratification continues to occur in employment, housing, education, lending, & government.” He later deleted that comment as well.
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