I wrote to the Chinese Ambassador to demand an apology from Air China for blatant racism
Today I have written in the strongest possible terms to His Excellency Mr Liu Xiaoming, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China, to raise my concerns about reports of racism in their inflight magazine.
According to reports on Twitter and in the Evening Standard newspaper an article appeared in the most recent edition of Air China’s inflight magazine, the national carrier of China. The article appears to read, under the heading, ‘Tips from Air China’, ‘London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people.’ ‘We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when traveling.’
I am shocked and appalled that even today some people would see it as acceptable to write such blatantly untrue and racist statements. I have raised this issue with the Chinese Ambassador, and requested that he ensures an apology is swiftly forthcoming from Air China, and the magazine is removed from circulation immediately.
I have invited representatives of Air China to visit my constituency of Ealing, Southall to see that a very multi-cultural area is safe, and would be of great value for those visiting London to see.
I will await their response, and if an appropriate one is not forthcoming I shall feel forced to question whether Air China is a fit company to operate in the UK.”
Virendra Sharma MP, Ealing, Southall