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Australia Perth museum changes exhibit after Chinese consulate complains

13:27  03 december  2020
13:27  03 december  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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Perth ’s new museum has removed a reference to China from its COVID-19 exhibit after a complaint from the Chinese Consul General. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images. WA Museum chief executive Alec Coles confirmed there had been a complaint .

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A newly-opened Perth museum has altered its exhibits after a complaint from the Chinese consulate regarding Taiwan and COVID-19.

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An interactive touch-screen exhibition in the museum included a sentence saying the virus originated in mainland China and spread across the globe.

The Chinese consulate in Perth has raised a complaint about digital exhibition in the city's new museum. © 9News The Chinese consulate in Perth has raised a complaint about digital exhibition in the city's new museum.

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But the Chinese consulate in Perth claimed that had not been proven.

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"The issue of the origin of the virus is a serious question of science that should be studied by scientists and medical experts," a statement from the consulate read.

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a person sitting at a table with a birthday cake: The exhibition had said that COVID-19 originated in mainland China. © 9News The exhibition had said that COVID-19 originated in mainland China.

"This fits a pattern by China around the world," Human Rights Watch researcher Sophie McNeill said of the consulate's complaint in Perth.

"Just two months ago in France, Chinese officials attempted to change an exhibition about Mongolian history."

A second complaint about the exhibit centred on its map of China and the fact that Taiwan, which China lays claim to, was missing.

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China Consulate in Perth is located on 45 Brown Street, East Perth , W.A .6004. Its consular office hour is during 09:00 - 12:00 from Mon to Fri. Applications from ordinary passport holders should be submitted to the CVASC. The Consulate -General stopped accepting ordinary applications any more.

"There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China," the consulate said.

map: The exibit also did not include Taiwan as a Chinese territory. © 9News The exibit also did not include Taiwan as a Chinese territory.

The museum chose to agree to alter the exhibit in line with the complaints.

In a statement, it rejected any claims of bowing to bullying, saying the errors were corrected in line with the museum's policy on accuracy.

"I suspected this sort of turbulence around Taiwan or other issues will be around for some time yet," Treasurer Ben Wyatt said.

Ms McNeill called for resistance.

"It's just really important that our cultural institutions don't bow to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party," she said.

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