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Air China Magazine Warns Tourists to Avoid Ethnic Minority Areas in London

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A Chinese in-flight magazine has warned tourists visiting London to take care “when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people”.

The offensive advice was published in Wings of China, the publication distributed on Air China flights. It was spotted by Chinese journalist Haze Fan, who tweeted an image of it to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The passage, which was written in Mandarin and English, also recommended that tourists do “not go out alone at night” and that females should “always to be accompanied by another person when travelling.”

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, Labour MP for Tooting, which has a large Indian and Pakistani population, told the Evening Standard that she found the comments “offensive to all Londoners, not just the ethnic minorities mentioned.”

“I am going to be writing to the Chinese Ambassador to invite him to visit Tooting in London, where all races live side by side,” she said. “Then they can see how we live and our wonderfully diverse community.”

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