China has not even spared its ally Pakistan. In a classic incident, China actually duped its ‘friend’ by sending in masks made out of underwears.
China promised to send N-95 masks to Pakistan, in a bid to help the country to combat the novel coronavirus, but the consignment instead contained masks made out of underwears.
Last month, China asked Pakistan to open the border between the two countries for one day so that medical supplies to fight coronavirus could be sent.
According to a report, the Chinese embassy in a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the governor of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China would like to donate a batch of medical materials to Gilgit-Baltistan.
According to the letter, the governor had donated 200,000 ordinary face masks, 2,000 N-95 face masks, five ventilators, 2,000 testing kits and 2,000 medical protective clothes mainly used by doctors and paramedics to fight with the virus, which originated in China last year.
A video of a Pakistani reporter saying “China ne chuna laga diya” has been going viral on the internet. The reporter further notified that the Sindh provincial government sent the masks to hospitals without checking.
According to a Pakistani news channel,
“In the name of top-quality N95 masks, China has sent in masks made out of underwear. It was also a lacuna on the part of the provincial health authorities who received the medical aid. Without proper checking, the masks were sent to Qatar hospital in Karachi. Over there, the doctors and para-medical staff called it buffooning by China.”
But this was not the first case where reports have emerged of China sending low quality medical aid to various countries. The Nepal government has scrapped a major deal for coronavirus testing kits and protective gears signed with a private Chinese company after finding them be of sub-standard quality, according to a senior official, the media reported.
In another incident, Spain, last week, returned a batch of coronavirus testing kits back to China after it was found that their detection rate was just 30 per cent.
The news of defective equipment coming in from China unleashed a flurry of jokes on social media. Have a look:
However, given that Pakistan has always shown loyalty towards China, the incident does seem a little shocking if true.