As we don't have much time, so I won't go into details here. I'll only tell a little story. Mayor Zhang just told some stories. It worked very well, right? So I'll also tell a story.Oops, it's a shame that this story ...... We are doing a live broadcast on the whole internet today, and it is said that a million people are watching it, so I have to control how much I can tell. I can't betray others.
Let's put it this way, in 2015, before the last visit of General Secretary Xi to the United States, we know, that all our systems in the United States needed to work at warming things up, right?
So one of our party's systems, the way that system could help to warm things up in the U.S., was public opinion. (So it was arranged that ) the first edition of the English version of Xi Jinping's new book "Xi Jinping: The Governance of China" would be released in the U.S. Before he visited the U.S., we would hold a book release event to help him build up the momentum.
Who should do it? Just like today, they found out (they said to me), Di Dongsheng, you have a way with foreigners and are better at fooling them, right? Because they had seen how I fooled foreigners, and they thought it was very good, so they said, "You act as the host and guest speaker", so it's very similar to our event today, where I'm both the host and a guest speaker.
So the venue for this event was already decided by the leader. He said it was next week, next Thursday, 3:30 p.m., Go to the most important "Politics and Prose" bookstore in the United States, on 2650 Connecticut Avenue in Washington? It seems like the number. That is a professional bookstore. So we needed to go over there for the book launch, and we needed to hurry up to communicate with the store.
We all know that the East and West work in different ways. You asked me to secure that venue on such short notice, it was tough.
It turned out that the bookstore owner was very spoiled, he said sorry, we can not host you. Then I asked, I said, you tell me, which author booked this session? What did I mean by that? There's nothing that dollars can't handle, right? If I can't do it with one stack of dollars, I'll do it with two. Of course, that's my way of handling things.
But alas, the bookstore owner was very spoiled and said, "I'm sorry, I'm not going to tell you which author has booked this time slot, we have our principles."
So he was very spoiled. He really put on airs with me.
So I asked around and found out that he was a Democrat before, and was once a journalist in Asia. He was very unhappy with our party, so he purposely chose not to cooperate.
Then I thought that we had lost the chance, at least we needed to change the time and place, right? So I turned this issue over to the leaders, let the leadership solve it. I was only a guest to help, right?
On Thursday morning, the vice department head of that department, who was also the real keynote speaker of that day, called me and said, "Little Di, let's go ahead with our original plan, at the same time and place, as we planned."
After lunch I rushed to the bookstore, only to find that the leadership was there earlier than I. He said, the reason why today we were able to follow our original plan, to execute it smoothly, is because of this outstanding person. Then he introduced an old lady to me. She has a big nose, and I could tell that she is Jewish by the first glimpse. She handed me a business card, saying, my name is so-and-so, I won't betray her name here. She said, my name is so-and-so, nice to meet you.
Attention! She speaks very fluent Mandarin in the Beijing dialect.
I was very surprised. I said, "Oh my, you speak Chinese even better than I do, I can never get rid of my Jiangsu accent."
Upon hearing that I flattered her, she was very pleased. She said, Let me tell you, not only do I speak Chinese, but I also have Chinese citizenship.
Do you understand this? Do you have foreign citizenship? If you have foreign citizenship, you can't have Chinese citizenship, right? This old lady wouldn't give up her dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship for Chinese citizenship, right?
So I immediately understood that she was an old friend of us Chinese people.
She then said another sentence that impressed me very much.
She said, I not only have Chinese citizenship but also have Beijing Hukou( registered permanent residence). I have a Siheyuan (quadrangle dwellings) on Chang'an Street in the Dongcheng district. When you come back to Beijing, come and have tea with me. If you need anything here this year, don't forget to call me. What did that mean? She could fix anything here.
Then I saw the owner of the bookstore, who was very proud of himself before, with an unhappy face, asking his employees to arrange tables and chairs. He was very reluctant, as he was forced to do this.
I said, "How did you fix him? We tried to communicate with him, but failed. He was very spoiled." The old lady smiled wryly and said, "I reasoned with him."
Do you know where that sentence comes from?
It's a classic line in the famous American Mafia movie "The Godfather". That guy cut off the head of a horse and stuffed it into someone's blanket.
Of course, the old lady was not in the Mafia, but who was she? Why did she live in China for 30 years? Why can she speak fluent Beijing dialect? As we just said, Wall Street. She is from a famous, leading global financial institution on Wall Street. She is the president of the Asia region of a top-level financial institution. Of course, it would be politically incorrect for me to go on.
Do you understand what I mean? If you do, put your hands together!