On the President’s first active day in “the world’s number one economy,” Cristina tweeted a message which, like a lot of the stuff she says, caused a bit of a controversy: “Argentine flags in the Tiananmén Men (sic) square, [presumably she just meant Tiananmen Square…] next to the portrait of Mao in the “Forbidden City,” a national pride.”
Some people haven’t reacted too well to this latest comment, possibly due to the fact that Chairman Mao was arguably responsible for the deaths of up to seventy million civilians through starvation, forced labour and executions; a.k.a. the largest democide of the twentieth century. Yep, that’s more than Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot and Leopold II of Belgium all thrown together.
“The Great Helmsman” boasts an extremely divided legacy, not unlike Cristina’s own support back home. He did transform China into a world power, improve the status of women, make huge strides in both education and health sectors as the country’s population skyrocketed during his leadership. On the other hand, his iron fist rule involved systematic human rights abuses and persistent political repression – much like the crimes of Argentina’s bloody dictatorship, for which Kirchnerism has built itself on bringing justice.
The portrait of the mass-murderer / national hero now watches over the entrance to the capital’s Forbidden Palace, and apparently, the Argentine flag. But Cristina, with $19 billion dollars on her mind, has other things to think about.
“The meeting was excellent,” announced the President on Twitter. “The businessmen’s knowledge of Argentina and its business possibilities surprised me. … They have no doubts on Argentina’s potential after ten years of growth and progress.”
Presumably the business men have been showering Argentina with flattery, because Cristina added, “When I left the meeting there were various Argentine business people. One of them said to me, smiling, ‘We’ll have to bring some people over here so they hear what these businessmen of the first economy have to say about our country.'”
Mutual back-patting, then.
Cristina also treated us to another leg-update: “I walked to all the meetings. That I did, with the cast on.” We’re happy for you.