HONG KONG (NYTIMES) – Tension between China and Sweden over the treatment of a group of tourists in Stockholm has escalated after a satirical skit depicted Chinese travellers as people who eat dogs and need to be told not to defecate in public. The incident has led to repeated complaints from Chinese diplomats, and calls on Chinese social media for boycotts of Swedish products and travel to the country. The tensions began earlier this month when a Chinese man and his parents arrived at a hostel in Stockholm after midnight, hours before they could check in for a reservation beginning the next afternoon. The hostel said they could not stay overnight in the lobby and called the police when they refused to leave. Video of police forcibly removing the family, who were protesting their treatment, was posted online. At one point the son, surnamed Zeng, shouted: “This is killing!” The incident has been given extensive coverage by Chinese media outlets. The ire from the Chinese side increased after the skit was aired last week by the Swedish national broadcaster SVT. The satirical skit was billed as a guide for Chinese tourists to avoid causing problems while abroad. It said that… Read full this story
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