Date
20 August 2017
The Minyue people were based in Fujian more than two millennia ago. Photo: HKEJ
The Minyue people were based in Fujian more than two millennia ago. Photo: HKEJ

The baffling case of the International NY Times ad

A mysterious multilingual advertisement in the International New York Times is raising more questions than answers with its declaration of war on “marine predators”, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

The ad ran in Chinese, English, Japanese and German in Wednesday’s Asian edition of the International New York Times, but the paper is refusing to say who paid for it.

In poorly written English, the “Letter to the World” said: “I choose to be silence when they utilized the sea to stir up international issue; I choose to be silence when they invaded marine resources, benefited without restraint; I choose to be silence when they took the ocean as their own unscrupulously; When they intended to distort the ocean civilization, took the ocean as loot…

“Today, I stand here, On behalf of our ancestors who created Minyue ocean civilization more than one thousand years ago, declare the war to marine predators.

“The last Minyue person 23rd, July, 2014 Haitan-China.”

The paper’s advertising department said there was no change to the ad after the paper’s US operations gave it the once-over and the charge for placing the one-day ad was US$25,000.

The Minyue were a people who lived in Fujian more than two millennia ago and Haitan is an island off the province’s coast.

The report said the ad could be an environmental message, a stand on Sino-Japanese maritime disputes or a call to revive an ancient kingdom.

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