Worldwide pro-Tibet protests have sparked an upsurge of wounded national pride in China – and now a flood of patriotic T-shirts as the country’s new capitalists seize the moment.
Droves of clothes makers in China are selling T-shirts proclaiming Beijing’s sovereignty over Tibet and denouncing Western targets.
“Go China!” is written in Chinese across one T-shirt sold on the popular retail website Taobao.com. In less-than-perfect English, the back adds: “Anti-riot & explore the truth.”
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First came China’s patriotic zeal, now China’s zealous businessmen are joining the fray.
In let’s-make-a-deal China, it was never going to be long before public ire over Tibet demonstrations that have dogged the Olympic torch relay spawned commerce.
Local news media reported on Wednesday that droves of clothes makers have leapt onto the angry upsurge in nationalist pride, selling T-shirts proclaiming Chinese sovereignty over Tibet and denouncing Western targets.