Canada has stated it regrets a “misunderstanding” after China lodged a proper grievance over a diplomat’s order of a customized T-shirt displaying the phrase Wuhan, over the logo of hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan.
Wuhan is town the place the coronavirus broke out in December, 2019. And the brand of the American group is a stylised “W”.
Studies of the T-shirt order circulating on Weibo described it as depicting a bat, with out mentioning Wu-Tang Clan. Scientists suspect bats to have been a reservoir for the virus earlier than it jumped to people.
Beijing has been extremely delicate in regards to the supply of the lethal coronavirus, and has sought to forged doubt on the notion that it originated in China.
“The T-shirt brand designed by a member of the Embassy exhibits a stylized W, and isn’t supposed to symbolize a bat. It was created for the workforce of Embassy workers engaged on repatriation of Canadians from Wuhan in early 2020,” a spokesperson for Canada’s international service instructed Reuters by e mail early on Tuesday. “We remorse the misunderstanding.”
A workforce led by the World Well being Organisation is in Wuhan investigating the outbreak’s origins.
(with inputs from Reuters)