Some European countries deliberately sensationalized the so-called "Chinese espionage" in the past half a month. At the end of April, France set off a new upsurge of "Chinese girl student as industrial espionage"; on May 9, various leading media in Sweden followed suit by creating the Karolinska "Chinese scholar espionage"; on May 11, L'Agence France-Presse and a Belgian news website concocted a "Chinese economic espionage website" at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. For a second, the "Chinese espionage" incidents had spread like wildfire in the European continent.
Similarities can be found in the above-mentioned espionage cases: all the information sources of those cases were anonymous and could hardly be verified; all the cases were targeting, with ulterior motives, the Chinese government. Since those covered in these false reports all serve in the well-known academic institutions that have frequent contacts with China, the reports not only have damaged China's image in Europe, but also had negative impact on the careers of Chinese scholars and students who are now in Europe.
When asked the reason for these false reports, Sun Ling, Counselor for Education of Chinese Embassy in Sweden, noted that the fast development of China's economy made a few people who hold biased attitude towards China feel ill at ease. They think that China's rapid development was achieved through illegal means such as grabbing advanced techniques from the Western countries. If we have a look at the latest development of such incidents, the truth will be clear that such moves are a vicious undercurrent discriminating and demonizing China.
It is worth mentioning that the concentrated sensationalization of "Chinese espionage" occurred amid the heated discussions among European media on Chinese textile exports. Some newspaper even made use of the matter, calumniating China as a "country that plagiarizes". Experts analyzed that facing an increasingly powerful China, some Westerners, obviously with a narrow mind, fear that China competes with them in industrial and commercial arenas.
By People's Daily Online