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Sweden Readies for Diplomatic Crisis With China Over Free Press

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Sweden’s government has demanded a meeting with the ambassador from China after he lambasted Swedish media.

Ambassador Gui Congyou caused a diplomatic furore over the weekend after giving an interview to Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT, in which he said that some local media representatives “have a habit of criticizing, accusing and smearing China.” He then went on to compare the relationship between Swedish media and China to one in which “a 48kg weight boxer keeps challenging an 86kg weight boxer to a fight.”