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New Yorker writer says he didn't pen op-ed in Chinese paper

New Yorker writer says he didn't write op-ed in Chinese state media run under his name

New Yorker writer says he didn't pen op-ed in Chinese paper

BEIJING (AP) -- A New Yorker writer says the state-run Chinese newspaper China Daily faked an editorial under his byline. Peter Hessler said he was interviewed by the newspaper but did not write the piece and his words were taken out of context.

Hessler wrote on Facebook Tuesday that a China Daily reporter asked him to compare China with Egypt. Hessler formerly was based in China but now reports from Egypt.

Earlier Tuesday, the newspaper ran an editorial on its website titled "US observer: Comparing Egypt with China," credited to Hessler.

The newspaper removed the online piece in English, but it remains available in state media in Chinese. On Facebook, Hessler says he asked the newspaper for a retraction. A China Daily editor said Wednesday she didn't have details about the dispute.


Updated : 2021-09-24 17:12 GMT+08:00