So has the BBC been punked, or is China trying to shake down New Zealand? Emphasis added:
The Chinese embassy in New Zealand has requested that extra compensation be paid to parents of Chinese students lost in the Christchurch earthquake. An embassy official, Cheng Lee, said China’s one-child policy made those lost lives more valuable.
Seven Chinese nationals have been confirmed dead and another 20 remain missing. They were among more than 60 staff and foreign language students killed in the CTV building.
“You can expect how lonely, how desperate they are, not only losing loved ones, but losing almost entirely their source of economic assistance after retirement,” embassy official Cheng Lee said.
Higher payments would be “a demonstration of the importance the New Zealand government attaches to the Chinese international” students, he added.
That doesn’t sound like a request for fair compensation. That sounds like Cousin Vinnie’s protection racket.