Chinese vice-premier’s gay marriage joke at US summit applauded at home

Chinese vice-premier’s gay marriage joke at US summit applauded at home

A Chinese government news agency deemed two jokes by Vice-Premier Wang Yang, one on same-sex marriage and one on Rupert Murdoch, so funny that it issued a “special report” on them.

Wang, speaking in Washington on Wednesday at the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, compared the relationship between the two countries to a marriage.

“In China, ‘new people’ refers to newlywed couples. I am aware that the US allows gay marriage, but I don’t think Jacob and I have such intentions,” Wang quipped, referring to US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, according to China News Service.

It was the first time Wang and Lew were chairing sessions at the annual summit after the former Guangdong party secretary and the former White House chief of staff rose to their current positions earlier this year.

Wang did not stop there, but continued the unusual improvised stand-up saying that the US and China could not “choose the path of a divorce”.

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