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China: Beijing blames 'forces with ulterior motives' for linking deadly Urumqi fire to COVID policy05:09

China: Beijing blames 'forces with ulterior motives' for linking deadly Urumqi fire to COVID policy

China, Beijing
November 28, 2022 at 13:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

China blamed "forces with ulterior motives" for linking a deadly fire in the western Xinjiang region to strict COVID measures.

"It is true that there are some examples of ulterior motives on social media, linking the fire to local policies to combat the epidemic. The Urumqi municipal government has held a relevant press conference to clarify the facts and refute the relevant rumours and smears," said China's foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian in a Beijing briefing on Monday.

Asked at the press briefing about the demonstrations which sparked in the aftermath of the deadly Urumqi fire, Zhao Lijian also said the government's "fight against COVID-19 will be successful", a day after people took to the streets across the country to protest against strict virus controls.

Zhao Lijian also commented on a BBC journalist who was allegedly beaten and detained at the protest in Shanghai.

"It is understood that the relevant statement of BBC is not in line with the facts. According to what we have learned from the relevant departments in Shanghai, the relevant reporter did not identify himself as a journalist at that time and did not take the initiative to present his foreign journalist press cards," the spokesperson noted, adding "local law enforcement officers persuaded the personnel at the scene to leave, and took them away from the scene if the relevant personnel refused to cooperate."

China: Beijing blames 'forces with ulterior motives' for linking deadly Urumqi fire to COVID policy05:09
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China blamed "forces with ulterior motives" for linking a deadly fire in the western Xinjiang region to strict COVID measures.

"It is true that there are some examples of ulterior motives on social media, linking the fire to local policies to combat the epidemic. The Urumqi municipal government has held a relevant press conference to clarify the facts and refute the relevant rumours and smears," said China's foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian in a Beijing briefing on Monday.

Asked at the press briefing about the demonstrations which sparked in the aftermath of the deadly Urumqi fire, Zhao Lijian also said the government's "fight against COVID-19 will be successful", a day after people took to the streets across the country to protest against strict virus controls.

Zhao Lijian also commented on a BBC journalist who was allegedly beaten and detained at the protest in Shanghai.

"It is understood that the relevant statement of BBC is not in line with the facts. According to what we have learned from the relevant departments in Shanghai, the relevant reporter did not identify himself as a journalist at that time and did not take the initiative to present his foreign journalist press cards," the spokesperson noted, adding "local law enforcement officers persuaded the personnel at the scene to leave, and took them away from the scene if the relevant personnel refused to cooperate."