Commenting on the criticism drawn by the widely watched gag from the Lunar New Year television gala, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang insisted that China opposes any form of racism.
"Recently many media, especially Western media, have reported on and commented on this matter. I want to say that if there are people who want to seize on an incident to exaggerate matters, and sow discord in China's relations with African countries, this is a doomed futile effort," Geng said.
In the skit, which was reportedly aimed at celebrating China’s warming relations with Africa, the actress Lou Naiming appeared on stage after putting on blackface and a giant bottom to portray an elderly African woman, accompanied by an actor dressed up as a monkey.
Yesterday, China State-owned CCTC aired a racist tv show watched by 800m Chinese in which Kenyan ladies working at the SGR are blackened & given outsized buttocks…. There is global outrage… Am waiting for our new Minister for Foreign Affairs to Summon Chinese Ambassador. pic.twitter.com/sGLmnPzD9v— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) 16 февраля 2018 г.