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Xi Jinping and Barack Obama in Brokeback Mountain parody

Presidents are due to meet in California today

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 June, 2013, 10:37am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 June, 2013, 10:43am

Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama are depicted as gay cowboys on the latest cover of The Economist.

On the day the Chinese leader meets his US counterpart at an informal summit in California, the British-based weekly newspaper parodied the film Brokeback Mountain, a story of the forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys.

Under the headline The Summit, the newspaper writes that the meeting gives both presidents the "chance to recast this century’s most important bilateral relationship".

Xi concluded his three-day state visit to Mexico on Thursday and departed for California, where he will meet Obama for the first time since taking office in March.

High on the agenda will be cybersecurity in the wake of allegations that China hacked US secrets.

On Thursday, family members of prisoners asked President Barack Obama to urge China’s new leader to free 16 inmates, saying human rights needed to be a priority at their tone-setting summit.

“This summit is not only about personal friendship building. It’s a summit between the presidents of two countries and they should have a purpose to build a more just society,” said Chen Guangcheng, the blind self-taught lawyer who dramatically escaped house arrest for the US embassy in Beijing last year.

“President Obama should stop the trade-centered diplomacy and instead make it a human rights-centered diplomacy,” Chen, who studies in New York, told a news conference in Washington by video link.

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req
typical method of the monkey press. No matter how we try to draw the world closer they will try to suggest negativity to try to encourage differences. Sooner we realize our similarities the sooner the world unifies and we realize world peace and universal values. The US just managed it by putting a higher proportion of undesirables into prison, and as far as I'm concerned well justified. Its a fact they put a higher proportions of these people into prison, and race is absolutely not a matter in determining who goes into them.
naturally.
No... I mean its all good, ab-so-lute-ly all good....
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
the economist...you must be kidding..my advise is to outsource your front page to more sensible people...pathetic indeed....btw, just exactly what you are trying to imply here...
Peacemaker
Not sure if that cover was designed by in-house design team or freelance illustrator, apparently it was utterly loathsome and incongruous to describe the sino-American relationship as the Brokeback's propaganda poster. My verdict is to replace it with 'Skyfall', which Obama acts as Bond for the mission to investigate the cyber-attack to the American's weapon system. But of course, on the verge of such significant meeting, a meek and dopey approach can ease the apprehension of E readers if any. But don't forget that who was the only one holding the rifle pointing downward in the cover and who was lying on the ground. An intelligent design indeed.
jeffrey.forsythe.52
I hope that this reporter and the rest of the Western World is not naive enough to believe that the brutal Chinese Communist Party is concerned with anything as mundane as World peace. It is exactly the opposite. If the USA did not have the military power that they have, we would have all been slaughtered years ago. You may think that this is an exaggeration, but all one has to do is look at the facts. The Chinese Communist Party has murdered 100 million of its Own people since 1949 and is now attempting the genocide of the tens of millions of innocent Falun Gong practitioners who live there. Please, lets have no illusions as to what the CCP truly is.Our own corporate greed is what is blinding us. very sad.
xiaoblueleaf
Guess who is **** who ???
pslhk
This shows how low the Economist has plummeted
symbolic of British intelligence,
gone with the disintegrated empire
Today it's tasteful only to bottom feeders
Time to end my 30+ years subscription when it expires
req
You can keep reading it. Can't be worse than time magazine, which is effectively a comic book since it doesnt' have much more than fictional accounts. One of my last memories of my 14 plus subscription is the fictional account of a Darfur refugee. Not necessary. Report details if you must. Don't make **** up.
wwong888
f-ck you
skhk
Not that funny actually.
 
 
 
 
 

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