America’s Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice (L) and her Chinese counterpart Li Baodong (R).
Susan Rice, when she isn’t being hounded all over Capitol Hill by Statler and Waldorf-alikes John McCain and Lindsey Graham, is America’s Ambassador to the United Nations. She also has something of a reputation for dishing out verbal smackdowns to her foreign counterparts, which China’s Li Baodong learned the hard way recently.
Li was attempting to minimise the recent North Korean rocket launch, for which he felt there was no need to condemn North Korea, and that its test constituted no threat to regional stability.
“That’s ridiculous,” Rice shot back, according to one of three council diplomats who described the encounter.
“Ridiculous?” a visibly angered Li responded through an interpreter. “You better watch your language.”
“Well, it’s in the Oxford dictionary, and Churkin — if he were in the room — he would know how to take it,” retorted Rice.
The reference to Oxford dictionary refers to Churkin’s riposte, in December 2011, to a public broadside by Rice, who charged him with making “bogus claims” about alleged NATO war crimes in Libya to divert attention from charges of war crimes against its Syrian ally.
“This is not an issue that can be drowned out by expletives. You might recall the words one could hear: bombast and bogus claims, cheap stunt, duplicitous, redundant, superfluous, stunt,” said Churkin to Rice. “Oh, you know, you cannot beat a Stanford education, can you?” said Churkin, mocking Rice’s alma mater. Rice, a former Rhodes scholar, later noted that she also went to Oxford.
Damn! Li Baodong just got burned like it was two thousand eleven son!