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“I know you never liked me Mr. Secretary-General — well, I never liked you, either… I didn’t want to come to New York. It was the last thing I wanted to do. But I’ve come to love the U.N. and I’m coming to admire some things about you…”
—Sha Zukang, U.N. undersecretary general for Economic and Social Affairs
Allegedly said after having one too many drinks at a U.N. retreat in the Alpine resort town of Alpbach. Sha stood up to make a toast, and then launched into a long rant against the U.N., the United States and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Other officials apparently tried to coax him into putting down the microphone, but it didn’t work. Said one U.N. official, “It was a tribute gone awry… It went on for about ten or fifteen minutes but it felt like an hour.” Oops! Incidentally, Sha Zukang has been described as the “John Bolton” of China.