Obama plays down Chinese snub at airport

President Obama played down the altercations that took place on the tarmac upon his arrival in China for the G-20 summit, saying he wouldn't "overcrank the significance" of the incidents. But the president said nothing about the most significant incident at the airport: Chinese officials refused to roll out a red carpet staircase for the president to disembark from the plane, forcing him to exit from the rear of the craft. Obama shrugged off the confrontations between the press and Chinese officials as something that "happens in other countries where we travel."  Obama didn't give any examples of where else an American president had been so disrespected. Guardian: China’s leaders have been accused of delivering a calculated diplomatic snub toBarack Obama after the US president was not provided with a staircase to leave his plane during his chaotic arrival in Hangzhou before the start of the G20. Chinese...(Read Full Post)