China sharply criticized an American talk-show host on Monday for a remark made by a child on his program 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 $1.3 trillion it owes to the world's second-largest economy.
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Kimmel, who hosts a program called "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on broadcaster ABC, replied: "that's an interesting idea."