They call it six degrees of separation, but in Hong Kong it's more like the second or third degree. In this town, everyone is connected with everyone else. Just the other day, we were busy in the newsroom deciphering the Sino-US joint statement for hidden meanings and messages like Kabbalists.
It was sent to us ahead of President Hu Jintao's state visit to the United States, courtesy of Matthew Dolbow, spokesman and deputy for public affairs at the US consulate-general in Hong Kong.
A day later, Canto-pop has-been Gigi Leung Wing-kei (pictured), came out and boasted about dating the dashing young American diplomat. As quoted by my Post colleague Vivian Chen, the lovely pair started to get serious in Beijing.
The singer, 34, said Dolbow really respected her mind and constantly pestered her with political questions. Hmm, why? We wonder if her informed opinions somehow made it into Dolbow's political analyses and diplomatic cables. In fact, I would dearly love to read them, given their potential to entertain.
Gigi on Hong Kong's democratic reforms? Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, please take note.
A phone call to Dolbow's office in Garden Road asking if the pair were really dating drew a chuckle from the spokesman himself, who otherwise declined to comment. Julian Assange and Wikileaks, get to work.