China criticizes 'kill everyone' remark on US talk show

Jimmy Kimmel
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Jimmy Kimmel

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.

(Read more: China wonders: Why do we own so much U.S. debt?)

Kimmel, who hosts a program called "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on broadcaster ABC, replied: "that's an interesting idea."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said ABC must respond to the Chinese-American community's protests.

"It's necessary to point out that spreading racism and hatred runs counter to the media's social responsibility," he told a regular news briefing.

(Read more: China seen overtaking US as global superpower)

American broadcaster ABC has issued a statement expressing regret for the incident and Kimmel apologized on October 28 on his television show.

Kimmel's show is pre-taped. Critics say ABC should have cut the offending segment before it was aired.

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