Monday, 10 June 2013

Sunnylands Summit Highlights

Xi Jinping and Barack Obama go tie-less in Sunnylands for talks
The recent summit between US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Sunnylands, California, unfolded pretty much as expected because not much really happened.

Both sides agreed they would not accept North Korea as a nuclear-armed state, and
the bonus of agreeing to make a joint effort in reducing emission of hydrofluorocarbons.

Do they look like Tigger and Winnie the Pooh?
And as anticipated, neither side could move forward on hacking as Obama warned cyberspying would put a dent in their relationship, though Xi would not take any responsibility. Why would he? It's not been proven he put out the order...

In any event, the Chinese in the mainland were eagerly watching the proceedings and began to think creatively -- or was it something in the water or the air?

They started imagining they were watching Xi and Obama strolling on the grass like Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.

The other amusing part was when Xi told Obama that he swims 1,000m everyday, but this was mistakenly translated as 10,000m. Obama looked surprised then looked at Xi.

The Chinese President is a portly man, though we're not dissing his ability to swim or his fitness regime, but does he really swim 1K everyday? Or if he did it would surely take him at least an hour to complete.

The Great Helmsman showing off his strokes
But then again we should remember that the 73-year-old, chain-smoking Mao Zedong managed to break world speed records in his Yangtze River swim, as Xinhua reported -- and he even had time to pass on tips to other swimmers along the way...


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