Grenada Thanks China for New Stadium With a Rendition of Taiwan Anthem – Shanghaiist

From the Shanghaiist:

The tiny Caribbean island of Grenada suffered a huge diplomatic embarrassment at the inauguration of a US$40 million China-financed stadium built as a gift from Beijing when its police band decided it would perform the anthem instead of the March of the Volunteers. Oops.

The Associated Press reports that Chinese Ambassador Qian Hongshan and scores of blue-uniformed Chinese laborers who built the new stadium were “visibly uncomfortable as Taiwan’s anthem echoed inside the 20,000-seat venue on Saturday”.

Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell described the incident as a blunder and “pledged an investigation into how the Royal Grenada Police Band could have prepared the anthem of Taiwan instead of China, which has waged an aggressive campaign in the Caribbean to woo nations away from relationships with its rival.”
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