Man, I have to admit that I’ve missed this guy. You know, Mr. Teflon? That ex-German Chancellor guy (he’s actually still very German), the guy behind lifting the EU’s weapons embargo to China while he was in office? Anyway, Gerhard Schröder has made the front page of China Daily by calling Angela Merkel’s recent meeting with the Dalai Lama a big mistake and expressing his sadness about how this outrageous move has “hurt the Chinese people’s feelings.”

“My predecessors and I refused to meet with the Dalai Lama,” he said while lecturing in China, patting himself on the back, as usual. “And I hope the incumbent government will adhere to it, too.” Uh, a little too late for that, Gerd. But it’s the thought that counts. Or the lack of it, I should say.

Strange, he has never worried about the feelings of the people living under repressive Chinese rule in the Himalayan region, as far as I know. He certainly wasn’t all that worried about German feelings when the Chinese hacked into his old place of employment a few months back. It doesn’t add up really, I figured he was one of these concerned German tourist types who are supposed to bring up questions about human rights when spending all their money in China, which he obviously does on a regular basis (or do the Chinese spend all the money on him?). But no, how silly of me, he’s not a tourist. He’s there on business, of course.

With Gerd it’s always been business, business, business, and a little Realpolitik here and there, of course. That’s what makes the world go round.

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