Chinese Ambassador to France Lu Shaye is stirring controversy for his version of the landmark White Paper protests in China.

In a statement posted on the Chinese embassy’s website, Lu reportedly said, “At first, people took to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with how local authorities were unable to completely and accurately implement measures introduced by the central authority, but the protests were quickly exploited by foreign forces.”

He added the interrupting factors wanted to trigger a color revolution by planting protesters in China. Color revolution refers to the anti-regime protest movement in post-Soviet Eurasia. 

He claimed, “Some Chinese were bought over by foreign forces.”

He also has a different version of the symbolic meaning of the white papers used during the protests—a reference to extreme censorship and stunted freedom of speech in the country.

He said, “Take the ‘white paper parade’ for example. Even though it’s white, it’s still a kind of color revolution because white is a kind of color.”

Lu made his remarks at a dinner on December 7, shortly after the demonstrations started to diffuse after tightened surveillance.

It is known that the protests flared up after the deadly Urumqi fire, with residents certain the death toll would have been lower had the “zero-COVID” policy not been in place. Reportedly, at the time, some tried to use the “foreign forces” narrative to convince students against rallying.

See how the students in this short clip respond.

The students allegedly were not the only ones who did not believe Beijing’s “foreign forces” story. Here is the opinion of a Chinese lecturer extracted from a recent viral clip.

Frustration with zero-COVID was fierce enough that demonstrators chanted for incumbent Chinese president Xi Jinping to step down. At least, the uproar was enough to finally have the communist regime give up its grip on the punishing pandemic measures.

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