This past weekend, Xi Jinping told an audience at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations that “only the wearer knows if the shoe fits his foot.” Netizens have taken Xi to task on his characterization of China’s “personalized” development strategy, wondering when the country’s “worn-out shoes” will be replaced.
Blogger and commentator Wuyue Sanren caught the metaphor and ran with it on Weibo:
@五岳散人: My take on the shoe-and-foot question: Whoever buys the shoes has the last word. The common people pay taxes, so they have the right to say whether or not the shoe fits, as well as the style they want. A well-chosen pair of shoes also comes with a warranty and the privilege to exchange or return the items. The shoes themselves don’t have the qualifications to say whether they fit or not. Shoes that do aren’t shoes, they’re shackles.
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