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Air China removes mag with offensive article about London

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, an Air China's Boeing 777 jet, top, taxis to a gate after landing at Beijing International Airport in Beijing, China. Air China said Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, that it had removed copies of its inflight magazine containing an article telling visitors to take precautions when visiting areas of London with large ethnic-minority populations. The state-owned airline, China's flag carrier, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the September issue of "Wings of China" used "inappropriate" language and that the article didn't represent the airline's views.  (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, an Air China's Boeing 777 jet, top, taxis to a gate after landing at Beijing International Airport in Beijing, China. Air China said Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, that it had removed copies of its inflight magazine containing an article telling visitors to take precautions when visiting areas of London with large ethnic-minority populations. The state-owned airline, China's flag carrier, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the September issue of "Wings of China" used "inappropriate" language and that the article didn't represent the airline's views. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)  (The Associated Press)

Air China says it has removed copies of its inflight magazine containing an article that told visitors to take precautions when visiting areas of London with large ethnic-minority populations.

The airline said Thursday the magazine used "inappropriate" language and said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the article didn't represent its views. It also forwarded an email from the magazine's publisher apologizing to Air China and saying the fault lay with an "editing mistake."

The article had stated that "London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people."

A British lawmaker said Wednesday that he had written to China's ambassador to Britain, demanding an apology for the "blatantly untrue and racist statements."