Monday, February 05, 2007

Grenada welcomes Communists Chinese with Free China (ROC) Anthem

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada - A diplomatic gaffe marred Saturday’s inauguration of the China-financed cricket stadium on this Caribbean island when a band performed the national anthem of Chinese rival Taiwan.

Chinese Ambassador Qian Hongshan and scores of blue-uniformed Chinese laborers who built the $40 million Queen’s Park stadium as a gift were visibly uncomfortable as Taiwan’s anthem echoed inside the 20,000-seat venue.

Describing it as a blunder, Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell pledged an investigation into how the Royal Grenada Police Band could have prepared the anthem of Taiwan instead of China.

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