Obama’s “exceptional” reception at China’s Hangzhou airport for the G-20 summit involved no red carpet and no staircase for the POTUS to step out of.
A number of shouting matches between the countries representatives also ensued with one Chinese official saying…
“This is our country. This is our airport.”
Cross over to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reception at China’s Hangzhou airport for the G-20 summit…a staircase was extended with a red carpet reception.
No shouting and no angry words, just cordial and friendly greetings between the two nations…and some Russian ice cream for China’s Xi Jinping.
Zerohedge sums up the different approach employed by China to welcome Obama and Putin…
Roughly at the same time as China’s infamous snub of Obama‘s arrival at Hangzhou for the G-20 summit, when the G-20 host nation’s delegation first made sure there was no staircase for Obama to exit the plane and descend on the red carpet; forcing the president of the world’s most powerful nation to use an emergency exit…followed by a shouting match by a Chinese official who unleashed on the US Press corps and national security advisor Susan Rice, blocking them from crossing a blue rope holding back press and saying “This is our country. This is our airport”, Chinese officials had no such problems greeting Russian president Vladimir Putin with full honors, whose arrival – on the red carpet – took place without a glitch.
The favor was returned: according to RT, Putin brought a box of Russian ice-cream as a gift to Chinese leader Xi Jinping: “I promised you I’d bring some ice-cream,” Putin said. “I’ve brought for you a box of it as a gift.” Xi Jinping is a real fan of Russian ice-cream. “Thank you very much for the gift, for the tasty ice-cream. In my every trip to Russia I always ask to buy Russian ice-cream. And then, at home, we eat it,” the Chinese leader said.
“You have the best cream, and it makes it so tasty. I like it very much. Thank you for this courtesy,” he added.
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Obama played down the Chinese snub…
“Washington stands up for press freedom and human rights and – whatever the fallout – does not leave our values and ideals behind when we take these trips.”
“It can cause some friction. The seams are showing a little more than usual in terms of some of the negotiations and jostling that takes place behind the scenes.”
“Part of it is we also have a much bigger footprint than a lot of other countries. And we’ve got a lot of planes, a lot of helicopters, a lot of cars, a lot of guys. You know, if you’re a host country, sometimes it may feel a little bit much.”
“And so I wouldn’t over-crank the significance of it.”
As Obama sought to divert attention away from the obvious tension between the two global powers, the BRICS nations took a family photo with Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff replaced by the undemocratically appointed Michel Temer.
And finally, we have Obama and Putin at opposite ends of the group photo…
Obama looks nervous, as Erdogan and Putin engage in a friendly conversation.