China criticises 'kill everyone' remark on US talk show

China criticises 'kill everyone' remark on US talk show
In Kimmel's Oct 16 skit, this boy suggests that 'We kill should kill everyone in China' as a way to deal with the US's high debt to the country.

BEIJING - China sharply criticised an American talk-show host on Monday for a remark made by a child on his programme which has set off protests by Chinese-Americans in the United States.

The controversy blew up when a six-year-old replied "kill everyone in China" after the host, Jimmy Kimmel, asked him how the United States should pay back the US$1.3 trillion it owes to the world's second-largest economy.

Kimmel, who hosts a programme called "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on broadcaster ABC, replied: "that's an interesting idea".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said ABC must respond to the Chinese-American community's protests.

"It's necessary to point out that spreading racism and hatred runs counter to the media's social responsibility," he told a regular news briefing.

American broadcaster ABC has issued a statement expressing regret for the incident and Kimmel apologised on October 28 on his television show.

Kimmel's show is pre-taped. Critics say ABC should have cut the offending segment before it was aired.

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