During his visit to the Netherlands, President Xi Jinping signed a pact on Sunday committing to use Dutch dairy expertise to boost China’s flailing industry while his counterpart First Lady Peng christened a new strain of tulip.
The Dutch Government has pledged in a statement to assist China in increasing its annual milk production to 40 billion kilograms in the coming years. It could not come soon enough as China’s dairy industry continues to suffer a terrible reputation with new milk scandals and tainted milk reports popping up every few weeks since the 2008 melamine milk scandals leading to a local preference for imported milk products.
China’s First Lady finished the day off with her usual charm by christening a new strain of tulip, the “Cathay”. It appears that it could have been the most delightful day of foreign relations ever with activities ranging from discussing dairy products to attending flower christenings with royalty. Who said foreign relations had to be cold and unfeeling anyway?
Let’s just hope that the day was just as pleasant for these tulips which appear to be having champagne poured over them.
Does anyone know if a glass of bubbly is in fact the beverage of choice for these flowers or are these new creations simply doomed?
[Image via ECNS.cn]