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S’pore tanks ended up in China after Thanksgiving misinterpreted as ‘Tanksgiving’

Posted on 26 November 2016

All’s well that ends well.


Nine Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles belonging to Singapore that were confiscated at Hong Kong customs on Wednesday, Nov. 23 was the result of a mistranslation of text.

This after China misinterpreted Singapore’s message of “Thanksgiving” as “Tanksgiving”, resulting in nine Singapore Armed Forces tanks to be given to China unexpectedly.

One Singaporean, Jiang Ying Wen, said: “The only thing nefarious about this entire affair is the standard of English.”

“Singapore hopes that this ‘tanksgiving’ can be returned in kind by China, as all we did was bring the tanks for overseas training.”

However, other Singaporeans said this situation could be the start of an annual global tradition.

Another local, Kee Zho Peng, said: “All countries in the world can engage in Tanksgiving from next year onward.”

“Singapore give tanks to China, China give thanks to Russia, Russia give tanks to US, US give tanks to Malaysia and Malaysia give tanks to Najib.”

“Tanksgiving is like that one.”







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