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China’s UN diplomat in drunken rant against Americans and the UN Secretary General.  funny

I think the following might be well served to file under humor, knowing that some BMEWS readers won’t find anything funny about a Chinese diplomat being critical of the USA.  He also rounded on his UN boss.  He was also quite tipsy at the time.

Actually, drunk or sober I enjoy any diplomat saying out loud what he really thinks as opposed to all the nonsense they usually spout.  Like in congress or the senate or the Brit parliament.  Politicians refer to “my honorable friend” or “colleague” when in fact they aren’t referring to either of those states of being.
They’re more likely thinking ... that miserable rat fink on my left or something like that.  I’m not certain I wouldn’t enjoy dueling in fact.  Once that stage is reached well, there’s no question of how anyone “really feels.” Is there? 

China’s top-ranking UN diplomat embarked on a drunken rant against the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, telling his boss he’d “never liked” him, and adding for good measure that he didn’t like Americans either.

Peter Foster in Beijing

The outburst by Sha Zukang at a retreat for top UN officials in the Austrian ski resort of Alpbach left senior UN officials cringing in embarrassment as others tried to convince him to put down the microphone, according to Washington-based Foreign Policy magazine.

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“I know you never liked me Mr. Secretary-General – well, I never liked you, either,” said Mr Sha as Mr Ban looked on, smiling and nodding awkwardly during the 15-minute toast attended by the UN’s top brass.

Mr Sha, who was appointed the UN undersecretary general for Economic and Social Affairs in 2007, also made no secret of his fractious relationship with Mr Ban, although did say he’d grown to respect the South Korean.

“You’ve been trying to get rid of me,” said 62-year-old Mr Sha according to the senior UN official present, “You can fire me anytime, you can fire me today.”
Later in his impromptu speech Mr Sha turned to an American colleague, singling out Bob Orr, from the executive office of the secretary-general.
“I really don’t like him: he’s an American and I really don’t like Americans,” he said.

A second senior UN official who was at the dinner said: “It went on for about ten or fifteen minutes but it felt like an hour.”
Officials present at the dinner suggested that Mr Sha might have been the victim of a misguided attempt at humour.

. In a BBC interview in 2006 he was goaded into a furious, shrieking attack on American criticisms of China’s rapidly growing defence budget.

“It is much better for [America] to shut up, keep quiet. Are you the number one? Is it true that the US has almost 50 per cent of the world’s military budget?”
The Chinese population is five or six times bigger.
“Why blame China? Forget it. It’s high time to shut up. It’s America’s sovereign right to do whatever is good for them. But don’t tell us what is good for China.”

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And then there was this from the editorial page of the Telegraph.  Gotta love it.


By historic standards this was mild stuff.  These days, former British Prime Ministers regard half a bottle of wine at dinner as shocking.  Churchill managed to conceal his thirst from the public; not so poor George Brown, who as Harold Wilson’s foreign secretary made it a point of honor never to draw a sober breath.  At a reception for a South American republic, Brown is said to have staggered up to a glamorous figure in red silk and asked for a dance.  “I must refuse for three reasons” came the reply.

“First, this is not a dance but the national anthem.”
“Second, you are clearly drunk.”
“And third, I am the Cardinal Archbishop of Lima.”


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