Rudd Cites ‘Orgasm’ Blunder For China Tensions

From AFP:

Australia Prime Minister has sought to make light of strained diplomatic relations with China by telling an anecdote about how sentiments can easily get lost in translation.

Rudd, a Mandarin-speaking former diplomat and self-avowed Sinophile, told students at the Australian National University about an error he made as a junior envoy in Beijing.

“Apparently, what I’d said as I sought to elevate his expression into a more classical form, was that China and Australia are currently experiencing fantastic mutual orgasm,” he said, delivering a speech late Thursday.

August 28, 2009, 8:47 AM
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