hen meeting recently in Beijing with a group of CEOs from mostly American and European multinational companies, Xi Jinping reportedly had some unusually harsh, threatening, and somewhat peculiar words, apparently in reference to his country’s burgeoning trade war with the US.
Citing unnamed sources briefed on his remarks, the Wall Street Journal quotes the Chinese President as saying the following:
In the West you have the notion that if somebody hits you on the left cheek, you turn the other cheek. In our culture, we punch back.
If this is truly Xi’s understanding of “the West,” then he has apparently been reading too much of The Bible and not paying enough attention to world events or the course of history.
After China responded to his plans for slapping 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods by announcing retaliatory tariffs of their own, US President Donald Trump promptly quadrupled-down last week, ordering the US trade representative to identify an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports for 10 percent tariffs.
Or perhaps Xi was instead talking about John Oliver? After the British comedian focused a 20-minute segment of his show around the Chinese leader which ended in a glorious parody of Chinese propaganda videos, Oliver’s name became censored on Weibo. Not to be spoken. Just like the bear that shall not be named.