Does Xi Netflix and chill?

Xi Jinping House of Cards

Just hours after landing in Seattle for his first state visit to the U.S., Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a wide-ranging speech touching on cybersecurity, China’s economy, the “Chinese Dream,” and classic American rom-coms, impressing observers with his knowledge of American pop culture.

Speaking at the Washington State Welcoming Banquet in Seattle, the Chinese leader’s line of the night has to go to his dismissal of speculation that his infamous anti-corruption campaign has been about removing his own political enemies.

“We have punished tigers and flies. It has nothing to do with power struggles. In this case there is no House of Cards,” he said.

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If you’re like me, you will have read this story in English first and thought something along the lines of:

Oh no he didn't

Oh yes he did.

一段时间以来我们坚持老虎苍蝇一起打,是及时顺应人民的要求,其中没有什么权力斗争、没有什么纸牌屋。

If you’re interested, yes, House of Cards is indeed a thing in China, under the title 纸牌屋. You can check out the Douban page here.  Nevertheless, the mind boggles at the thought of Xi and his minions sitting down with beer and fried chicken to catch up with what Francis Underwood’s been getting up to lately.

Oh, and if you were wondering why he felt the need to declare that “there is no House of Cards”, it’s because there totally is.

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