Warship. Photo credit: sxc.hu/johnnyberg
As eloquent as ever, Chinese Major General Zhu Chenghu has described US Foreign Policy as having an “erectile dysfunction”.
The remarks were used to address US involvement in the South China Sea conflict. The comment was made to mainland television reporters from Phoenix TV during the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday, Wall Street Journal reports.
Zhu, not a stranger to controversial comments after his comments that China would inevitably use nuclear warfare in the event of conflict with Taiwan, criticised the US’ ability to assist its allies in the South China Sea.
He claimed that “As U.S. power declines, Washington needs to rely on its allies in order to reach its goal of containing China’s development”. However, he did not believe that when push comes to shove in the event of a confrontation involving China and its neighbors, the US would not be able to, well, keep it up.
The statement was made in a sneaky word play by Zhu and the use of the abbreviation “ED”. Zhu explained in the interview that “ED” was a military abbreviation for “extended deployment”. He then went on to state that “we can see from the situation in Ukraine this kind of ED has become the male type of ED problem – erectile dysfunction”.
US officials called the remarks irresponsible and the Chinese foreign ministry backed away from them as well, but, hey, we dig your humour Zhu.
By Mandy Liang