Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov came to China earlier this week, and that means one thing: Xi Jinping’s got a brand new pony. The two presidents met in Beijing to talk natural gas but, as these things tend to do, it quickly turned into horse trading. Literally.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Turkmen horses are always given to Chinese presidents, because that totally makes sense. The WSJ reports:
The gift has historic resonances. Former presidents Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin were also given Turkmen horses on similar occasions, which currently reside in China’s presidential stable at the Hanxue Baoma Breeding Center in China’s northern city of Tianjin, the same home that also awaits Mr. Xi’s new stallion.
It’s also believed that if leaders ride the horse, they’ll follow the path of one of China’s bravest emperors Li Shimin, who ruled from 626 to 649AD and was known to ride the breed.
We assume Xi has either named his new pony “Rainbow Heart” or “China Dream, Pony Dream.”]