Remember US Vice President Joe Biden’s cheap Chinese brunch? Yes, apparently the Global Times even has a name for it — “noodle diplomacy”.
On Sina Weibo, China’s top microblogging platform, the US Embassy’s post describing Biden’s brunch has been retweeted a whopping 53,000 times.
It said: “Today, Vice President Biden and his group of five ordered five bowls of zhajiangmian noodles, ten buns, some cucumbers, some cold shredded potato and some coke. The bill came to 79 yuan. Upon getting the bill, Vice President Biden said to the owner of the eatery, we are sorry to have inconvenienced you. He took out a 100 yuan bill, and left the change as tips in accordance with US customs.”
The post, needless to say, provided much hilarity on Sina Weibo.
One Weibo user attempted to continue the story, “The restaurant owner replied, ‘We don’t accept tips in China. And in any case, Vice President Biden, you’re in need of cash yourself.’ ”
Another chimed in, “You owe us a shitload of debt, and now you want to play rich man in China? Are you out of your mind?”
A third person, noting the name of the restaurant (“Yao’s Fried Liver”) from pictures that were circulating on the internet, wondered why Biden did not order a plate of fried liver instead.
Yet another proffered a more serious observation, “Chinese officials have much to learn from President Biden when it comes to the art of diplomacy.”