Did America try to hide the logo on new gantry cranes with the US flag, so that people won’t know that they were made in China?
Take a look at the new viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Did America Hide Logo Of New Chinese Cranes With US Flag?
People are sharing a video showing the US flag falling from a gantry crane, revealing the ZPMC logo, together with this message :
During opening ceremony of new gantry cranes in USA. A sudden gust of wind blew away the board covering Chinese brand name. You can see the board is black on one side and has American flag on the other.
What an embarrassment trying to hide the Chinese made cranes.
Truth : America Did Not Hide Logo Of New Chinese Cranes With US Flag
The video is genuine, but taken out of context. Here are the facts…
Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded On 29 March 2013
The viral message was intentionally vague on when it happened, suggesting that it was new.
The truth is – the video was recorded more than 8 years ago – on 29 March 2013 in Miami, Florida.
At that time, the President of the United States was Barack Obama, not Joe Biden or Donald Trump.
Fact #2 : It Was Not An Opening Ceremony Of Any Kind
The viral message said that this incident happened during an “opening ceremony of new gantry cranes” in the United States. That is completely FALSE.
The video was recorded at the Port of Miami Tunnel project in Miami, Florida – just before President Obama spoke about his infrastructure plan.
It was related to the Port of Miami tunnel project on Dodge Island, which would connect the port to the interstate highway system, and had nothing to do with the gantry cranes.
Fact #3 : The Logo Was Covered For Optics
As President Obama was going to speak about shipping “products made in America” through ports like the Port of Miami, so it would have been awkward optics to have Chinese logos in the background.
Therefore, members of the White House advance team decided to cover up the ZPMC logo with a US flag.
Not only did the ZPMC have Chinese characters, it was also a Chinese state-owned company. Awkward indeed!
Fact #4 : They Left The ZPMC Logo Visible
After wind blew the American flag off the logo, a member of the White House team went onto the gantry to retrieve the flag.
But instead of putting it back over the logo, he shifted the American flag to the side of the gantry.
Ultimately, the ZPMC logo was left visible during President Obama’s speech, as this picture shows.
Fact #5 : The Gantry Cranes Were Not New
The gantry cranes seen in the picture appear to be ZPMC Super Post-Panamax (SPP) cranes that were delivered in January 2005.
They were more than 8 years old when President Obama spoke at the Port of Miami in 2013, and more than 16.5 years old when this fake news started circulating.
So the claim that the Americans were trying to pass off new Chinese cranes as American-made cranes is nothing but fake news.
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