Timepieces may be a good idea for a gift in most parts, but not in Chinese custom.
Netizens are outraged that Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen received a clock on Sunday during her stopover in Houston. She was presented with a clock emblazoned with the Texas state seal, by Texas governor Greg Abbott.
To the Chinese, giving a clock to someone is considered a huge no-no, as the words for "give a clock" (送鐘) sound like the ones for "attending someone's funeral." (送终)
Timepieces are also considered symbols of time running out for the other party, and a suggestion of an end of a relationship. Read more...More about Chinese Custom, Texas, Tsai Ing Wen, Taiwan, and World