The Chinese delegation to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022 in Davos has refuted a CNN report on Monday that quoted a US politician as saying they walked out of the room without applauding after a speech by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The allegation is "totally untrue", according to the Chinese delegation. When Zelensky made the virtual speech on Monday, the delegation was not at the site but in talks with Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, it said.
这场演讲结束后，当时在现场参会的美国政客迈克尔·麦考尔（Michael McCaul），突然找到了美国CNN的新闻主播约翰·伯曼（John Berman），称他拍到了一张“中国代表团”在泽连斯基讲话结束后拒绝鼓掌，还迅速离席的照片。
CNN interviewed United States congressman Michael McCaul, who was attending the forum. McCaul claimed that he took a photograph showing the Chinese delegation seated while other people were giving a standing ovation, and that the members then left the room.
The photo McCaul showed in the program features four men with Asian faces. "They were sitting right behind me," McCaul told CNN. "That picture that was taken by me actually sending a clear message: They do not support Ukraine. They do not support Zelensky."
However, the Chinese delegation said the four in the photo were Vietnamese.
越南媒体的报道也证实了这一点，越南副总理黎明慨（Le Minh Khai）周一带团参加了当天该活动。
According to Vietnamese media reports, Le Minh Khai, deputy prime minister of Vietnam, led a delegation to the WEF meeting on Monday.
Birol, the IEA's executive director, said on Twitter on Monday that he had "excellent discussions at Davos with my old Friend Xie Zhenhua, China's special climate envoy on climate change".
The irresponsible allegation of the US politician and CNN has triggered anger among many Chinese netizens, who condemned the claims. "CNN is really fake news," a netizen from Shanghai said. "Aside from defaming China, does CNN have anything else to do?" commented a netizen from Sichuan province.