Pandas Behaving Badly
12:43 PM, Dec 3, 2009 • By KELLEY CURRIE
Fresh off the triumph of their humiliation of President Obama during his Asian trip, this week the Chinese decided to stomp on America's Hat. I am, of course, referring to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's public dressing down of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper during their joint appearance in Beijing today. Wen apparently stunned diplomatic and media onlookers with his uncharacteristic (for him) rudeness toward the Canadian leader, who was making his first visit to China since taking office in 2006. The apparent source of Chinese unhappiness was a distinct failure by the barbarians to come calling at court in a timely fashion.
Perhaps more disturbing, but unsurprising, has been the reaction of Harper's political opposition and various other Canadian commentators. Rather than take umbrage at Wen's slight, they have attacked Harper for not doing enough to kowtow to Beijing for the past four years. Sheesh.
In other naughty panda news, the Washington Post reported today that a North Korean arms shipment bound for Iran that was seized in the UAE in July had spent some quality time in China. According to the Post:
So why, exactly, does the US need to spend so much time trying to explain to the Chinese that the Iranians and the North Koreans are up to no good? It seems pretty self-evident that the Chinese are fully aware of what is going on and either a) don't care; or b) find it useful to their own foreign policy objectives that the Iranians and North Koreans continue doing what they are doing.
And then there's this: the Financial Times has reported that the United Nations -- that incorruptible bastion of moral authority -- has suspended some Chinese projects from its