Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chinese Proverbs in Public Speeches

A trail through the mountains, if used, becomes a path in a short time, but, if unused, becomes blocked by grass in an equally short time:

Obama borrowed words from ancient Chinese philosopher Mencius to underscore the importance of resolving disagreement between the two nations through talks.

Hillary Clinton said: "When you are in a common boat, you need to cross the river peacefully together," to suggest how Washington and Beijing should work together to overcome the current economic crisis.
Nov. 16, 2009.