President Joe Biden achieved all sorts of good during his meeting yesterday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in California. Biden got Xi to reopen U.S.–China military communications, promise action to stem illegal fentanyl trade, and send us more pandas.
President Biden also scored an alpha-dog diplomatic coup by averting a Chinese domestic crisis:
Chinese President Xi Jinping seems set to avoid a domestic black mark after Joe Biden pointed out that his life partner of more than three decades was about to celebrate her special day—on the same date as the US president celebrates his.
Peng Liyuan—a well-known soprano in China—turns 61 on November 20, the day Biden hits 81.
US officials said Biden, who was meeting Xi for a crunch summit on the outskirts of San Francisco, had asked the Chinese leader to pass on birthday wishes to Peng.
An embarrassed Xi said he had been up to his eyeballs in statesmanship and the date had passed him by, officials said.
Good job he stopped by, then.
Xi thanked Biden for reminding him and—presumably—put on his thinking cap to work out what to get for the woman he married in 1987 [“Quick! Buy Flowers: Biden Reminds Xi of Wife’s Birthday,” AFP via France 24, 2023.11.16].
Biden old? Pshaw! He’s going around remembering other world leaders’ wives’ birthdays! When’s the last time that tubby geezer running to beat Biden remembered anybody’s birthday? If he remembers Peng at all, it’s probably just from thinking he’d like to grab her pussy.
With this pleasant birthday reminder instead of his predecessor’s thoughtless rambles and insults, Biden didn’t just do Xi a favor. He signaled to his Chinese counterpart that he’s still a sharp-witted master of subtle diplomatic posturing: All this work, and I can still remember your wife’s birthday, and you don’t? Gee, Xi, try a little harder!