A stone-faced Xi Jinping threw some serious shade at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their televised greeting today at APEC.
The television footage shows Abe waiting on the stage at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People for Xi to come and grace him with his presence. According to Reuters, this happens be the exact opposite of the way things usually work. Things only got more awkward from there as Xi stood unsmiling while Abe gamely tried to offer some greetings. Xi was in no mood for diplomatic etiquette, however, and seemingly ignored the translation to turn for some pictures that really capture the climate of current Sino-Japanese relations.
Check out the super awkward video:
Later, Reuters reported, the two held their first-ever formal talks, a breakthrough in ending the two-year dispute between Asia’s two biggest economies. Their fight over a certain group of disputed islands has been put on the back burner for now. But they still have a few things to work out—hopefully starting with proper polite small talk.
For reference, here’s what a happy Xi looks like:
by Alex Linder