Toilet diplomacy

July 26, 2006

The Guardian reports that at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting the Chinese and Japanese foreign ministers ran into each other in the lavatory. “I had meaningful discussions with Minister Li at the toilet,” a Japanese official quoted his foreign minister, Taro Aso, as telling the meeting of Asian ministers, referring to his Chinese counterpart, Li Zhaoxing. When asked what had been discussed, the ministers apparently “buttoned up.” Someone had, however, forgotten to switch a mic off and we are able to report the conversation in full.

TA      Hurro mista Ri
Li        Huro mista Talo
TA      I’m dying for a pee
Li        Me too
TA      Where the ulinar gone?
Li        Maybe we in long loom
TA      Quick let’s get out before Condoreezza Lice come.
Li        My, that better.
TA      Why they say ‘adjust your dress’? I’m not wealing dless.
Li        Maybe the long loom was the light loom.


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