|Statement by the Spokesperson of the Embassy of China in Belgium|
The recent novel coronavirus outbreak in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, among other parts of China, has taken away the lives of 106 infected persons. The Chinese government is taking resolute and strong measures to conduct scientific and effective prevention and control of the epidemic. The Chinese people are united in solidarity in the face of the epidemic, and their determination to defeat the virus is bolstered by the great empathy and support shown by the international community. The inappropriate posting on the website of De Standaard of a satire drawing by Lectrr has disrespectfully fiddled with China's national flag and hurt the feelings of the Chinese people. It is a violation of journalism's code of conduct and a transgression of human conscience. The Embassy of China in Belgium expresses strong indignation and condemnation, and demands the newspaper and the drawer immediately remove the image, take measures to offset the negative effects, and publicly apologize to the Chinese people.