By Harriet Barovick, Tam Gray, Daniel Levy, Lina Lofaro, Andrew Meier, David Spitz, Flora Tartakovsky and Chris Taylor
April 12, 1999
He may not have been able to get China into the World Trade Organization, but during his visit to the U.S., Premier Zhu Rongji got a chance to work on his comedy routine. As his best lines prove, he's not quite ready for prime time.
"God does not welcome me that much because it's raining today,
and I know that it was very sunny here yesterday."
"California has a woman who comes each year to China. Every time
she raises the same old issue about citrus fruit. Thank God, from
now on she will never raise it again!"
"Jiang likes it, but if you bring me to see any, I'll just take a
"To tell you the truth, I was really reluctant to come,...but
President Jiang Zemin decided that I should come,...and he is
No. 1 in China, so I had to obey him."
"I like to call the attention of the Hong Kong press people. In
your future reports, don't ever write things like 'present a big
gift,' because that would be interpreted equivalent to political
contribution or campaign financing. That will be very detrimental
to President Clinton."
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