The Chinese government will talk to Air China about the flagship carrier's offensive travel advice, a Foreign Affairs Ministry official said, after underlining the country's respect for all ethnic groups and races.
Questioned at the Foreign Affairs Ministry's regular press conference on Thursday, spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, "Relevant departments will have the necessary talks with Air China, and we believe Air China will investigate about this and properly deal with it."
Hua was responding to a furor that erupted after CNBC drew attention to a feature on London in the September edition of Wings of China, Air China's inflight magazine.
The feature warned tourists, "London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people."
The travel advice caused outrage in London, where lawmakers called for an apology from the company, which is one of China's biggest airlines.
London lawmaker Virendra Sharma wrote to the Chinese ambassador to the U.K. to demand an apology, according to the BBC. "I am shocked and appalled that even today some people would see it as acceptable to write such blatantly untrue and racist statements," Sharma told the BBC.