Economist's 'pig' quip sets China abuzz | Bangkok Post: news - News Summed Up

Economist's 'pig' quip sets China abuzz | Bangkok Post: news


BEIJING: Western businesses have been learning a costly language lesson about pigs, China and hurt feelings this week. Was the furore in China — amplified by outraged state media and a local industry group’s demand for the economist’s firing — some sort new front in the trade war? Bill Bishop, who writes the Sinocism newsletter on Chinese current affairs, said he doubts the incident was “manufactured” by authorities. Instead, it’s a reminder that global companies hoping to expand in China always need to speak carefully or risk punishment. The Swiss bank is not the first to trip over cultural issues in China.


Source: Bangkok Post June 15, 2019 09:14 UTC



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