Wuhan or Wu-Tang? Canadian diplomat's T-shirt logo angers China

Canada Apologizes to China for Diplomat’s 'Wuhan' Wu-Tang Clan Shirt

The Wu-Tang Clan ain't nuthing ta f###... that is true. It apologised for any misunderstanding.

One of the World Health Organisation investigators looking for clues into the origin of the coronavirus in the central Chinese city of Wuhan said that the Chinese side has provided a high level of cooperation. Reports of the custom order circulating on China's Twitter-like Weibo app described the shirt's image depicting a bat, without mentioning Wu-Tang Clan's association. The virus that causes COVID-19 is suspected of originating in bats and its outbreak was first detected in Wuhan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin suggested on Tuesday that the USA government should also invite World Health Organization experts to investigate the possibility of SARS-CoV-2 originating from the United States.

"The wrongdoing of the Canadian staff concerned has already caused an egregious impact and triggered strong resentment and discontent among the ordinary Chinese people", Mr Wang said.

A Chinese shop manager who is engaged in the customization of cultural shirts recently made a real-name reporting through WeChat, saying a member of the staff of the Canadian Embassy in China customized shirts with the "Wuhan Bat" pattern in July past year.

"It was created for the team of embassy staff working on repatriation of Canadians from Wuhan in early 2020", the Canadian embassy told Reuters news agency.

"This was a personal initiative from an employee and this was not endorsed by the Embassy nor Global Affairs Canada".

"We are very shocked by this and have lodged representations with Canada, asking for a thorough investigation and a clear explanation", said China's foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin to the Associated Press on Monday at a daily briefing.

China and Canada already have tense relations after the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, on a United States extraditions request. China says her case is politically motivated as part of a USA effort to stifle the nation's global economic expansion.

Canada arrested Meng at Vancouver's airport in late 2018.

The Chinese have been trying to get her free and have even suspiciously "detained" an ex-Canadian diplomat named Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, and implemented the death penalty to a drug dealer that has Canadian roots.



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