Residents of Russia's Chita Outraged by Chinese Songs on City Day

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Residents of the Siberian city of Chita have expressed their indignation over a City Day fireworks show that was accompanied by Chinese songs, the Baikal Daily news website reported Monday.

Some of the residents believed they heard anthem of Manchuria playing: “Chita City Day celebrations were closed with the Manchurian anthem!” local resident Stas Zakharov wrote on his Facebook page, adding that he was pleased with the fact that Уat least a half [of the festival visitors] disagreed with what was happening, to say the least.Ф

The city administration commented on the public displeasure, saying that a song called УI love ManchuriaФ and another song about a talking dragon were played at the festival.

УThere was no anthem of Manchuria — they do not even have it. They only have the [Chinese] national anthem,Ф the chairman of Chita’s culture committee Nikolai Volkov said.

He explained that the fireworks were given to the city as a gift from Chinese officials on Chita City Day.

УWhy did we have such a huge firework show? It was a gift,Ф Volkov said. УGifts vary. Some people give you a picture as a gift, and they gave us fireworks,Ф he added.

УThere is no money, but hang on in there. And we do Ч with Chinese support,Ф a resident wrote on his social network page, Baikal Daily reported.

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