Beijing: The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned UK Ambassador Caroline Wilson regarding an article she published on Chinese social media last week.
The Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement that one of its officials raised a solemn representation to the British diplomat for publishing an “inappropriate article” on social media.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry accused Wilson’s article of being filled with “teacher-like prejudice and ideological bias” and labeled it as “turning black into white and applying double standards.”
“This kind of actions can’t match the identity and responsibilities of a diplomat,” added the statement.
The article in question was published by Wilson through the official account of the UK Embassy in China on Chinese social media WeChat.
In the article, Wilson argued that critical media coverage played a positive role as watchdog of government action and protected those without a voice. Wilson defended British media, including the BBC, which had faced harsh criticism from Chinese authorities in recent weeks over alleged false reporting on China.
After publishing the article in Chinese language, Wilson complained on Twitter that her story was not being allowed to be shared on WeChat.
In a subsequent post on her Twitter after being summoned on Tuesday, “I stand by my article,” Wilson wrote.
Wilson noted in the tweet that outgoing Chinese Ambassador to the UK was free to publish over 170 articles in mainstream British media.