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Argentine President Mocks Chinese Accent

...while in China for business reasons
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2015 2:08 PM CST
Argentine President Mocks Chinese Accent
Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner delivers a statement during a signing ceremony with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wed., Feb. 4, 2015.   (AP Photo/Rolex Dela Pena, Pool)

(Newser) – Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is in China today, where she met with President Xi Jinping to sign various agreements and spoke at a conference attended by 1,000 businessmen in an effort to raise Chinese investment in Argentina's struggling economy. And yet, she still thought it would be a good idea to post a tweet mocking the Chinese accent, Bloomberg reports. The tweet, posted in Spanish, translates as: "Did they only come for lice and petloleum?" She was referring to the businessmen; Bloomberg notes that the tweet was in response to criticism that she tends to crowd her supporters into events.

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She followed the original tweet up with, "Sorry, do you know what? The levels of ridiculousness and absurdity are so high they can only be digested with humor," Time reports. The presidential palace's official Twitter account retweeted that second tweet, but not the first. (Kirchner is really not having a good week.)

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