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Meanwhile, CCTV has distanced itself from Mr. Yang’s comments, calling them “personal actions.”

He issued a statement last week via state media explaining that the “foreign trash” in his microblog post were people like the British man in the alleged sexual assault and the Russian cellist.

“I want to separate them from the silent majority in the expat communities who obey and respect our culture and society,” Mr. Yang said.

“My post on May 16 the is a wake-up call,” he wrote. “Western or Chinese, no one should be above the law.”