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Chinese paper confuses George Soros with Joschka Fischer

The Local · 4 Aug 2011, 12:01

Published: 04 Aug 2011 12:01 GMT+02:00

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Multiple photos of Fischer accompany the article – including a picture on the front page of Wednesday’s Qingnian Cankao (“Elite Reference”) newspaper, German daily Die Welt reported on Thursday. The mix-up occurred even though both Soros and Fischer are fairly well-known in China.

The Chinese article takes issue with Soros’ recent announcement that he’s quitting as a hedge and wealth fund manager. It charges that the “financial crocodile” wants the public to think he’s moving on, but he’s actually preparing to expand his business in China. The page with those charges carries a photo of a brooding Fischer, according to Die Welt.

By Thursday, editors at the Chinese newspaper appeared to have caught their error. There was no trace of a story about Soros on the paper’s website and a copy of its front cover showed a Chinese man on a train.

Even top-flight Chinese newspapers are known for embarrassing mix-ups involving the Western media and public figures.

In 2002, the Beijing Evening News lifted a story from the satirical newspaper The Onion about US Congressmen threatening to move to another city if a new Capitol building wasn’t built.

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Although editors were at first defensive, they later admitted their error.

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Your comments about this article

12:42 August 4, 2011 by freechoice
well at least they didn't make Herr Fischer float on a autobahn!! That would be controversial and the media will have a field day!! were you informed that all chinese look alike too?
14:47 August 4, 2011 by yourholiness
I confuse Joschka Fischer with a horse's behind.
16:49 August 4, 2011 by blagarret@aol.com
Ah so embarrassing! What an insult to Fischer - Soros is a manic who has said himself that he considers himself a God - he stacks courts and uses his billions to get US officials elected so they can serve as his little puppets. He also goes into smaller countries like Georgia and now Azerbaijan, and funds opposition groups to takeover entire governments.

Fischer is very popular among Germans and while Soros is despised in his country...I mean, I guess they kiiiinda look alike so I can see how it happens but really, the similarities end there.
17:32 August 4, 2011 by harcourt
Well I remember 30 yrs ago in the BBC World Service I was asked by a Chinese producer whether I was Italian or German or English or French. When I said British she apologised and said "I'm so sorry but you Europeans all look the same to us" !!! Absolutely true story.
09:02 August 5, 2011 by freechoice
let us focus on our similarities than our differences okay?
09:09 August 5, 2011 by harcourt

Very valid point, especially in these, "The Local", columns.
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