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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Mrs. Clinton’s Greatest Challenge?

Mrs. Clinton has not yet publicly declared her priorities for China, and she must square her ambitions with those of the Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, and other senior Obama administration officials, like Carol M. Browner, the White House’s coordinator of energy and climate policy.

But Mrs. Clinton has moved to reclaim the role of the State Department in making China policy after years in which the Treasury, led by Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., dominated the issue. Mr. Paulson initiated and led the so-called Strategic Economic Dialogue that covered a wide variety of topics but, according to critics, limited American scrutiny of issues like Tibet.

New York Times, Febr. 10 »

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Learn Chinese with JR…

… Step by Step.

Next time when you meet a Chinese dictator, you can shout this to him in Chinese:

大学怎么能和这种独裁者苟合?

da xue zen me neng he zhe zhong du cai zhe gou he?

Means: How can university have pornographic relations with this kind of dictator?

If you want to talk directly to the dictator, you can also shout:

我们怎么能和贵独裁者苟合?

wo men zen me neng he gui du cai zhe gou he?

Means: How can we have pornographic relations with you?

Literally, gui du cai zhe doesn’t mean you, but esteemed dictator, which replaces the more simple you when you are talking to a dictator.

Chinese is easy, but protocol can sometimes be complicated.

That much for today.

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