Oh snap! Someone at China Daily made a booboo and accidentally used a picture of a peasant woman to represent US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (gaffe caught by Sinocism). [Note: Upon further inspection it seems more a case of bad website layout than a gaffe, unless they also confused the peasant woman for “Passengers of Derailed Train.”]
Geithner has been in China with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, doing the PR rounds to take the sting off their otherwise “cheerless list of topics” that they’ll need to discuss with Beijing. Which is, I suppose, why Geithner’s also been filmed shooting hoops with some Beijing high school kids.
Hmmm, maybe the China Daily pic’s not a mess up after all but rather a snide comment about the type of person Geithner plays basketball like.
(Just kidding! As you can see from the video, he didn’t do so bad. Also, good on the US Embassy for having a Youku channel!)