Vice Premier Wang Yang.
Who needs xenophobes when you’ve got friends like this? Vice Premier Wang Yang has castigated Chinese tourists for harming the country’s image with their “uncivilised” behaviour.
According to Xinhua, Wang made the remarks during a State Council teleconference meeting on the country’s new Tourism Law.
The Chinese-edition of the People’s Daily quoted Wang as saying that the “uncivilised behaviour” and lack of manners of some Chinese tourists is harming the country’s image abroad. Wang reportedly blamed the tourists’ behaviour, including “talking loudly in public places, jay-walking, spitting and wilfully carving characters on items in scenic zones”, on their low “quality and breeding”.
Wang, former party boss of Guangdong province and rising star in the CPC, said authorities should “guide tourists to conscientiously abide by public order and social ethics, respect local religious beliefs and customs, mind their speech and behaviour… and protect the environment”, which are all good principles and could be encouraged without confirming every xenophobe’s opinion by suggesting that all Chinese tourists are unsophisticated hicks.
As I wrote in October, part of being a rising power is having more established developed countries complain about the behaviour of your tourists.