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CHINE/CANADA: “Racist” T-shirt sows discord between China and Canada

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The rag has been burning in recent days between China and Canada, around a diplomatic incident caused by a “racist” T-shirt, promoted by a Canadian diplomat, which greatly offended China. The powerful Asian country, very concerned about its image, remains uncompromising towards any attempt, whether proven or not, to associate it negatively with the origins of the Coronavirus. By AgenceEcofin

It all started when Chad Hensler, in the middle of last year, ordered T-shirts with a bat image around the words “Wu-Han” (name of the city that would be the official starting point of the pandemic. of Covid-19).

The rapid association between the bat, believed to be a reservoir of the virus, and the Chinese city town, has caused a wave of outrage on Chinese social networks, from citizens and even officials.
The latter, rejecting the thesis according to which the manufacturer would have confused “Wu-Han” and “Wu-Tang” (named after the famous American Hip-Hop group, “Wu-Tang Clan”), asked the Canadian government to sanction the diplomat indexed, and demanded a public apology, as soon as possible.

The Chinese media, in particular accuse Hensler of having deliberately concealed his “bad intentions”, since the month of May when he had placed the order, and of wanting to suggest that the coronavirus came from a bat in Wuhan, in this which would be a defamation campaign led by the West against China, on the question of the origins of the virus (note that a WHO team laboriously began this early this year, an investigation into the origins of the virus in Wuhan , after Beijing’s multifaceted reservations).

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For its part, Ottawa said it was a deplorable “misunderstanding”, arguing that the logo represented the Hip-Hop group well, and “[was] not intended to represent a bat” and “that they were personal gifts for a team of diplomats who went to Wuhan in the early days of the pandemic, to help with the evacuation of Canadian citizens,” as reported by local media, the Globe and Mail.

Note that this diplomatic spat comes at a time when relations between the two countries have deteriorated in recent months, with a certain Canadian coldness vis-à-vis China, accused of not having been very transparent at the beginning. of the pandemic.

Tensions are also present, against the backdrop of an East-West standoff, in the field of major Chinese technology companies, notably with the arrest and detention by Canada of Meng Wanzhou, senior executive of Huawei (and daughter of the founder, Ren Zhengfei), in a case where she faces up to 30 years in prison.

Source : AgenceEcofin / By Ayi Renaud Dossavi

       

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