China will not tolerate misbehaviour involving its nationals in Malaysia, according to Beijing’s ambassador to the country. Chinese ambassador Bai Tian said the embassy had received several reports of tourists who did not respect the sensitivities of Malaysians. Saying this caused much embarrassment to the Chinese government, he added: “The Chinese have a civilisation dating back 5,000 years and we know how to behave properly and not offend others.” Bai Tian said Chinese tourists had spent 12.3 billion ringgit (US$2.9 billion) over the past year in Malaysia, and so the embassy was extra concerned about such misdemeanours. He cited an incident in Sabah where two female tourists from China acted insensitively in front of a mosque , which led to them being fined by a magistrate and then escorted to Kota Kinabalu International Airport. “What the Malaysian authorities did was right. On our part, we will educate our tourists to behave properly in Malaysia,” said the envoy at a forum on China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI) organised by the Malaysian Youth Council and Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka on Saturday. 680 Chinese held in Malaysia over online scam targeting WeChat Pay users Bai Tian spoke on the many job opportunities under the BRI cooperation with Malaysia and how it would be the catalyst for further trade growth between both countries and the world. On the chaos in Hong Kong, he said the rule of law had been set aside with the so-called pro-democracy protesters turning Hong Kong into an “abyss of chaos”. On the Muslim Uygur issue, he said one should consider China’s policy of allowing them to have more children and the 15 years of free education which was not offered to others. China has been under international fire for its alleged persecution of Muslim Uygurs, a predominantly Turkic-speaking ethnic group primarily from China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang. “There are 14 million Muslims in Xinjiang, with 40,000 mosques and 26,000 imams,” Bai Tian said. “Our constitution allows for all religions, and freedom not to have a religion. Who was heading the 23 countries to criticise us over the Uygurs? The US and its allies. What anti-China sentiment? Beijing’s man in Malaysia Bai Tian heartened by Mahathir’s overtures “Sixty-six countries, including Muslim countries, stood up and refuted the Western accusations.” The ambassador also lambasted the “debt trap” theory against China, which gave loans to Asian countries. “This is all a Western fabrication for their own economic and political agenda, ” he said. The forum was held in conjunction with the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China.