A Chinese general had scathing a insult for the Obama administration at a recent national security conference, saying his foreign policy was suffering from “erectile dysfunction.”
Maj. Gen. Zhu Chenghu, a professor at the National Defense University, made the comments to a Chinese-language Phoenix TV station while in Singapore, according to the Washington Times.
Zhu suggested that if China decided to flex its military might, the U.S. might not be a reliable ally for any of its neighbors.
“As U.S. power declines, Washington needs to rely on its allies in order to reach its goal of containing China’s development,” he told the TV station. “But whether it will get involved or use military intervention once there is a territorial dispute involving China and its neighbors, that is another issue.”
Zhu said it would all depend on whether the U.S. has the ability to project power, citing Ukraine as an example.
“We can see from the situation in Ukraine this kind of ED” – which he explained in Chinese was a military abbreviation for something that may have meant “extended deployment” – “has become the male type of ED problem – erectile dysfunction,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
It isn’t a surprise to hear aggressive language from Zhu; in 2005, he was criticized for stating China would have no option but to go nuclear in the event of a conflict with American over Taiwan. U.S. officials called the remarks irresponsible and the Chinese foreign ministry was forced to backpedal for the salty general.
Zhu was also one of several Chinese military officials who bristled at Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s remarks accusing the People’s Republic of China of taking “destabilizing, unilateral actions” in the South China Sea.
(H/T: Washington Times)
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