If you thought that Jeremy Hunt would make a great replacement for Boris Johnson as UK foreign secretary, then you’ll probably reconsider. Today, Hunt has made an awkward debut in China when he sought to curry favour with his hosts by mentioning his Chinese wife, but accidentally referred to her as “Japanese”.
Hunt may have been trying to win some favour with his Chinese hosts by mentioning his Chinese wife, but erroneously referred to her as ‘Japanese’.
“My wife is Japanese — my wife is Chinese. That’s a terrible mistake to make,” he told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a visit to Beijing. The Ministers were about to discuss climate change and U.N. sanctions against North Korea as well as trade.
Jeremy Hunt’s unforgettable awkward debut in China will no doubt be spoken of for years to come, as it becomes increasingly clear that the pre-requisite of this job is to be totally oblivious and stupid – for reference, see the entirety of Boris Johnson’s lamentable career.
Considering the two countries’ shared bloody history, which involves the occupation of parts of China in the 1930s and 40s, It’s never good to get the two countries confused.
Hunt told the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi:
My wife is Japanese – my wife is Chinese. That’s a terrible mistake to make.
My wife is Chinese and my children are half-Chinese and so we have Chinese grandparents who live in Xian and strong family connections in China.
No need to say, the reaction on social media has been brutally funny:
Almost everyone: "Boris Johnson was the most offensive, disrespectful and globally embarrassing figure to hold the office of British Foreign Secretary."
Jeremy Hunt: "Hold my beer…"https://t.co/29UFyyifvp
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) July 30, 2018
Well if he can’t remember his wife’s nationality , should be trusted with state affairs ?
— Simy (@bluevanilla14) July 30, 2018
What he was trying to say is his wife is Chinese but I was shagging a Japanese the other night.
— poolieboy1?? (@Poolieboy1Les1) July 30, 2018
What a TIT ?
— David (@Enigma0021) July 30, 2018
What a plonker
— Adam J D Prescott (@AdamJDPrescott) July 30, 2018
— Tim Andrews (@tandrews_labour) July 30, 2018
Jeremy Hunt has been taking a few tips from Boris Johnson on how to truly excel as Foreign Secretary.
— Dr Lauren Gavaghan (@DancingTheMind)