The controversy over a T-shirt has caused sharp differences between Canada and China
Oriente: The controversy over just one T-shirt has strained Sino-Canadian relations.
According to a foreign news agency, China has staged a formal protest against an employee of the Canadian embassy in Beijing for ordering a T-shirt order, blaming China for the corona virus. There is an impression and according to Chinese officials, this T-shirt has made a mockery of Chinese measures against the epidemic.
On Tuesday, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said it had made it clear to the Canadian government that it would immediately investigate the matter and inform us of its findings.
The controversy began with a photo circulating on Chinese social media showing a Canadian diplomat ordering a bat with a bat on it. The image is thought to be a reference to the theory that the corona virus originated in Wuhan, with bats sold at an animal market there spreading the virus around the world.
However, the Canadian media has clarified that the T-shirt does not have the shape of a bat, but the English alphabet W, which is the symbol of a New York hip-pop group, Wu Tang. Relations between the two countries have soured since the arrest of Meng Wenzhou, the daughter of a Chinese mobile phone company founder and top official in Canada two years ago. Meng has been charged with forgery in the United States and has been in custody in Canada ever since. China has repeatedly demanded Canada’s release.
Following Meng’s arrest, China responded by detaining several Canadian businessmen and banning many Canadian imports to China. A Canadian man was recently convicted in China of drug trafficking.