Cheeky tweet from US spy agency takes dig at China

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A TAR­MAC tiff be­tween US and Chi­nese of­fi­cials as Pres­i­dent Barack Obama ar­rived in the city of Hangzhou prompted the post­ing – and prompt delet­ing – of an un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally sar­cas­tic tweet by a US spy agency.

“Classy as al­ways China,” read the De­fence In­tel­li­gence Agency tweet, which linked to a New York Times ar­ti­cle about the in­ci­dent.

The post was quickly deleted but not be­fore The Wall Street Jour­nal the snark.

The agency later tweeted its apol­ogy: “A tweet re­gard­ing a news ar­ti­cle was mis­tak­enly posted from this ac­count & does not rep­re­sent the views of the DIA. We apol­o­gise.”

The tar­mac ker­fuf­fle in­cluded a shout­ing match that broke out as White House staffers tried to help Amer­i­can re­porters po­si­tion them­selves to film Mr Obama’s ar­rival in no­ticed the Chi­nese city for the G20 sum­mit.

“This is our coun­try!” a Chi­nese of­fi­cial shouted at a White House staffer. “This is our air­port!”

The out­burst was an awk­ward pre­lude to talks be­tween Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Mr Obama.

Mr Obama took the fra­cas in stride, say­ing that al­though the US does not “leave our ideals be­hind”, the trav­el­ling White House jug­ger­naut could be in­tim­i­dat­ing. –

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