6 July 201720:40

Euronews report on Merkel's visit to China

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It is hard not to comment on the July 5 Euronews report stating that “China is the crucial partner and ally of Germany and the whole European Union both in the economy and politics, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during her visit to China.”

China is undoubtedly a crucial partner and ally, and not of Germany alone. There is no doubt about that. Yet the Chancellor was unlikely to say that during her visit to China as Chinese President Xi Jinping is currently in Germany for the G20 Summit.

Normally, we could ignore such an “insignificant” factual error. However, we think that a respectable news channel can hardly afford to report hastily cooked-up fake news, misleading their global audience, regardless of whether it was done deliberately or through negligence.


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