Tom Donilon Orders Kung Pow from General Fan Changlong

Forgive me (truly) for thinking Tom Donilon is telling Fan Changlong. . .

Yes, I’ll take the wor won ton soup. How are your gyozas? Good, give me a double order of those, the boys in the motor pool eat ‘em like potstickers. You say they are potstickers? Even better. Two orders of Kung Pow (!) chicken. And some of those fortune cookies you dudes like. Did you get that, Fan?

. . .There is a reason I blog anonymously

Xi Jinping Kiboshes the Dim Sum

Bad news for all of you in the Chinese military, the diktat has cancelled those tasty banquets y’all like so much. No more kung pow chicken, no more pot-stickers:

China has banned senior military officers from holding alcohol- fuelled banquets or from staying in luxury hotels when on work trips in the latest move by Communist Party chief Xi Jinping to fight corruption, state media reported on Saturday.

Receptions will also no longer feature welcome banners, red carpets, flowers, honour guards, performances or souvenirs, the powerful Central Military Commission, which Xi oversees, has decreed, major newspapers reported.

Officers will have to cut back on both the number and length of inspection tours, overseas visits, meetings and reports, according to the new rules.

Speakers at meetings should avoid “empty talk”, while the use of vehicles equipped with sirens will be “rigorously controlled during official visits in order to prevent public disturbances”.

You win some and you dim sum. Only if you’re PRC military, you will not dim sum for free.