There is one thing to take away from this story:
It’s a diplomatic spat no one saw coming, but tensions have over the past few weeks been escalating between China and Sweden.
It all started earlier in September when Chinese tourists were removed from a hotel by Swedish police, a move which was heavily condemned by the Chinese government.
But matters were made worse when a satirical Swedish television show joked about Chinese people eating dogs and defecating in public.
Earlier this month, a video emerged of Chinese tourists allegedly being thrown out of a hotel by police in Stockholm.
A Chinese man and his parents had allegedly arrived at the hotel at midnight – hours before they were due to check in. They asked to stay in the lobby but were refused, and eventually were forcibly removed by police.
In the video, the Chinese man is seen yelling in English “This is killing. This is killing”, while falling over dramatically. His mother is seen wailing and crying in Chinese, saying “help”, while police officers look on.
That is, Chinese people are not afforded the status, privileges, and protections of members of a Protected Class in Sweden. It’s becoming rather obvious that western progressives can be as insulting and abusive towards Chinese (and Russians) as they like, whereas other groups are feted and protected by law. You can imagine the fires that would be raging in Stockholm now were they members of a Protected Class that were chucked out of that hotel, and depicted in such a way on national television.