I find this hilarious, well maybe ironic would be a better word
I have worked with China for over 15 years and travelled there countless times, and the Chinese are soooo racist.
The Cantonese actually call caucasians 'gweilo' which means foreign devil. If you're black they call you 'hakgwei' translates to black ghost. The Mandarin speakers call whites 'guizi'. These are all condsidered insulting and derogative terms, and they will use them right in front of you.
They are also quite racist inside their own country with ethnic groups looking down on other ethnic groups.
Not that it makes what the team did right, but it certainly strikes me as funny.