Mainlanders who misbehave abroad are breaking the law of their host countries and giving China a black eye, China News Agency reported, citing a senior diplomat.
Disorderly conduct such as littering and vandalism are illegal and nationals who seek legal assistance from Chinese embassies abroad should bear that in mind, Zhai Leiming, deputy director general of consular affairs, told a symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Zhai made the comments amid growing concern about unruly Chinese tourists that are causing an embarrassment to Beijing.
He said such behavior is hurting China’s relations with other countries.
Recent complaints range from bad manners, poor hygiene and lack of sensitivity such as when Chinese tourists bring alcohol to an Islamic country.
Zhai also criticised Chinese passengers who have been involved in in-flight disturbances.
He said each citizen who faces legal issues abroad is entitled to consular protection but it is limited and comes at a cost.
Chinese citizens who travel abroad represent the country and their behavior reflects on its international reputation, he said.
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