China downplays Mubarak’s loss of power

2011-02-12 09:10

Beijing – China is downplaying news of the massive uprising in Egypt that led to the resignation of its president, likely wary of spawning any unrest that might threaten Beijing’s grip on power.

Most newspapers and online portals were running a terse report from the official Xinhua News Agency that gave basic facts about President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation while only briefly mentioning the large-scale protests that brought about his downfall.

The news from Egypt was buried in the middle of state television’s noon newscast today.

CCTV did not air any footage of protesters, but instead showed scenes of shuttered shops and empty streets.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement that China hoped Egypt could restore stability as soon as possible.

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