Embassy takes up matter with Beijing | Sunday Observer
Sri Lanka’s flag on China doormats

Embassy takes up matter with Beijing

14 March, 2021

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing is closely monitoring the developments regarding the use of the national flag on doormats by a Chinese-based company and advertised online. The Sri Lankan mission in a media release stated that the matter has already been taken up with the relevant authorities in Beijing to stop the production and sale of any product that has the image of Sri Lanka’s national flag.

The Sri Lankan Embassy was responding to the concerns raised by the Foreign Ministry about the sale of a doormat depicting the Sri Lankan flag and being sold on a social media site. “Immediately upon receiving the information, the Embassy informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and requested it to take action to stop the production of doormats and any such products misusing the Sri Lankan flag.

“The company which marketed the product on Amazon was requested by letter from the Embassy to immediately cease selling the doormats and any such products, misusing the Sri Lanka flag. The advertisement has since been removed from Amazon,” it said.

The advertisement of the non-slip doormat that was produced in China sparked concerns here while some local social media users said that it was an act of disrespect for a country.