By Erik Crouch
Image via Ce.cn.
On Wednesday morning, Civil Affairs Minsiter Li Liguo held a press conference, in which he tried to pretend like 6,000+ dead pigs floating in Shanghai’s drinking water weren’t going to be the main question topic. Ever the statesman, Li smoothly transitioned the conversation over to the issue of funeral costs and market-oriented cremation, because the reporters totally weren’t going to notice that he dodged the question about thousands of dead pigs.
South China Morning Post reports:
Li responded by explaining the different types of funeral services available for people. This topic was not even remotely related to the reporter’s question.
Like a news reader using a teleprompter script, Li ranted on about the importance of protecting the basic livelihood of people and developing social services.
“There are two types of funeral services; the basic funeral service and the selective funeral service. The former includes body transportation, preservation, cremation and the placing of ashes, at a price which the government sets,” he explained.[…]
The reporter’s question about pigs was left unanswered.
Smooth operating, Comrade Li. Perhaps next week, questions about Beijing’s air quality can be answered with descriptions on drivers’ license procedure.