Posted at 11:30 AM on March 11, 2009
by Jeff Horwich
"The U.S. claims are gravely in contravention of the facts and confuse black and white, and are totally unacceptable to China."
...aaaaand responding to this week's harsh criticism by the Dalai Lama over Tibet:
"The Dalai group confuses black and white and spreads rumors."
In other words, China would like to point out that, seriously, we could fix a lot of the world's disagreements if we would just get our blacks and our whites straight, and stop confusing them.
Black is black, white is white -- what is so hard about that? China can tell the difference. All the rest of us need to start paying more attention to dark things, and light things, and the ways in which they are not the same.
Maybe Spokesman Ma just had that particular idiom on the brain. What'll it be tomorrow? Some nominations for future catch-all phrases to help the Chinese Foreign Ministry get through those pesky press conferences:
* "baby with the bathwater"
* "A stitch in time saves nine"
* "to beat the band"
* "Riddle me this, riddle me that"
Well, you didn't say it so one of us is going to have to:
"bull in a China shop"