Tarmac Altercation Erupts After Obama Lands In China: Official Shouts "This Is Our Country, Our Airport"

Tyler Durden's picture

Upon arrival on Saturday in China as part of his last visit to Asia as US Commander in Chief for the periodic photo-op that is the G-20 meeting, something unexpected happened: a very undiplomatic greeting when an unusual tarmac altercation involving Chinese and U.S. officials, including national security adviser Susan Rice, devolved into a shouting match by a member of the Chinese delegation.

It all started with the actual landing: as AP reports, the first sign of trouble is that there was no staircase for Obama to exit the plane and descend on the red carpet. So, as the photo below shows, Obama used an alternative exit. Needless to say, a diplomatic fuck up such as this one, was not accidental - Beijing was sending a loud and clear message.


Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport

in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province on Sept. 3 for the G20 summit

Then, around the time Obama was exiting through the emergency staircase, a Chinese official began shouting at White House staff after the traveling American press contingent was brought onto the tarmac. The Chinese official also attempted to block Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes after they lifted a blue rope holding back press and walked to the other side of it, closer to Obama.

As Reuters adds, a Chinese official attempted to prevent national security adviser Susan Rice from walking to the motorcade as she crossed a media rope line, speaking angrily to her before a Secret Service agent stepped between the two. Rice responded but her comments were inaudible to reporters standing underneath the wing of Air Force One. It was unclear if the official, whose name was not immediately clear, knew that Rice was a senior official and not a reporter.

Then, according to Politico, the press pool was brought under a wing of Air Force One where the pool was supposed to stay behind a blue rope. However, a member of the Chinese delegation began shouting at White House staff, demanding the pool leave the arrival scene. A White House official said Obama was our president and Air Force One was our plane and that the press was not going to move from the designated area. The Chinese official angrily responded "This is our country. This is our airport."

A video of the incident was tweeted later by Reuters' White House reporter Roberta Rampton:

"They did things that weren't anticipated," Rice told reporters afterwards.

However, the disagreements between Chinese and American officials did not just stay on the tarmac. At Westlake Statehouse, where the summit was being held, a group of White House staff arriving before Obama was stopped at a security checkpoint. A heated argument between Chinese officials and White House staff, protocol officers and Secret Service, who were trying to enter the building separately from the press, broke out at the security gate.

According to the pool report, U.S. officials could be heard arguing in Chinese with Chinese officials over how many Americans could go through security at one time, how many White House officials were allowed to be in the building before Obama's arrival, and which U.S. officials were on a security list.

"The president is arriving here in an hour," a White House staffer was overheard saying in exasperation. A Chinese official assisting the U.S. officials became angered by how the guards were treating the White House staff as the disagreement escalated.

"You don't push people. No one gave you the right to touch or push anyone around," he yelled in Chinese at one of the Chinese security officials.

Another Chinese official trying to help White House staff stepped between the two men arguing, as the security official looked like he was going to throw a punch, according to the pool report. "Calm down, please. Calm down," a White House official said.

"Stop, please," said a foreign ministry official in Chinese. "There are reporters here."

Another disagreement occurred when officials and press finally made it inside the building. Chinese officials told White House press officers that only 10 American journalists were allowed in. "That's not right," a White House press official said.

Two U.S. journalists were left outside and were not allowed to stand in the room, despite White House press officials insisting there was space. "There's space. They are print reporters. They would just be just standing," one White House press officer said. The two reporters were eventually granted access.

The unprecedented show of disrespect for a standing US president and his envoys took place after Obama once again criticized China over the ongoing territorial dispute in the South China Sea. As cited by Reuters Obama said  that China needs to be a more responsible power as it gains global influence and avoid flexing its muscles in disputes with smaller countries over issues like the South China Sea, U.S. President Barack Obama told CNN in an interview to be aired on Sunday.

Obama, who meets with President Xi Jinping at a G20 summit next week in China, told CNN the United States supports the peaceful rise of China but that Beijing had to recognize that "with increasing power comes increasing responsibilities," a quote taken by Obama's speechwriter from the Spiderman movie. 

Obama said Washington had urged Beijing to bind itself to international rules and norms to help build a strong international order. "Where we see them violating international rules and norms, as we have seen in some cases in the South China Sea or in some of their behavior when it comes to economic policy, we've been very firm," Obama told CNN. "And we've indicated to them that there will be consequences."

"If you sign a treaty that calls for international arbitration around maritime issues, the fact that you're bigger than the Philippines or Vietnam or other countries ... is not a reason for you to go around and flex your muscles," Obama said. "You've got to abide by international law."

So far China not only refuses to abide by international law, showing a clear disregard for US warnings about "consequences", but with today's latest diplomatic incident has telegraphed to the world that its respect for the US presidential institution has never been lower.

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BabaLooey's picture

"Stop, please," said a foreign ministry official in Chinese. "There are reporters here."

 

Yes...let's not report what actually happened. We have to keep the sheeple in the dark - like they are now.

jcaz's picture

They're pissed because he sucked up all the tee times for the next week.....

Escrava Isaura's picture

Wow! is that right?

The President getting out in a clamshell-style door?

 

847328_3527's picture

Susan Rice is one of the most arrogant bitches I have ever seen. Much worse then even Donna Brazille. Too bad the PRC didn't put her back on the plane and told to go home on the spot!

CheapBastard's picture

Barry's secret service were probably grabbing all the Chinese girls asses in the tarmac given their aggressive reputation for poon tang.

I didn't often agree with Condy Rice but she had class and sophistication.

 

 

Pure Evil's picture

If you like our president, you can keep our president!

 

Just send back Air Force one and you can keep the Chimp.

ufos8mycow's picture

Obviously everyone in China is racist and hates black people. I heard it on MSNBC.

bamawatson's picture

chiggers

staged NWO wrestling
shiney object
diversion
forget hillary forgot

Joe Davola's picture

C'mon Tianamen Tank Driver, roll over the Blue State mouthpieces - we've got millions more where they came from.

MisterMousePotato's picture

"If you sign a treaty that calls for international arbitration around maritime issues, the fact that you're bigger than the Philippines or Vietnam or other countries ... is not a reason for you to go around and flex your muscles," Obama said. "You've got to abide by international law."

Uh ... ? Like America is in Syria? You know ... like bombing another country against their government's wishes?

The hypocrisy is unstomachable.

I recently watched that movie about Benghazi. (Not a bad movie, actually.)

There was a scene where the ex-military private contractors wanted to leave the secret CIA base and rescue Ambassador Stevens at the US mission a mile away. The CIA station chief refused, saying, "Remember ... we're guests in this country."

What the fuck?!? Like we weren't 'guests' when we deployed fighter aircraft and invaded "this country," killing its lawful leader and destroying its government?

Does anyone here think that America (its leaders, actually) will ever be taken to task by the world community for its repeated, indeed unrelenting, multiple violations of international law?

Manthong's picture

We should start doing the same thing to WH and press maggots here.

MisterMousePotato's picture

This is like Willy Sutton delivering a lecture on why it's not nice to take things that don't belong to you.

bleu's picture

This is what Obama will be remembered for: https://goo.gl/7vUdsL

Dutti's picture

Obama is right about what he says, the problem is that these rules dont apply for the US. They also don't apply for US allies - Saudi Arabia can bomb Jemen into smithereens - no peep from the US. Israel can bomb Gaza into the stone-age, no reaction from the US.

Crash Overide's picture

I wouldn't mind the Chinese kidnapping Obama, the irony of not paying the ransom would be priceless.

archon's picture

The Chinese should be commended for their patience, and tolerance - they gave Obama far more respect than he deserves.

shovelhead's picture

It would make a good Jackie Chan movie..

Rush Hour 4

Rough-Trader's picture

"Israel can bomb Gaza into stone-age"  

THEY ARE IN THE STONE AGE COURTESY OF ISLAM.

Wake up Moron.  Islam has killed them, whatever Israel does is irrelevant.  You Nazi pig wake up.

Krungle's picture

So they were in the Stone Age when they were preserving and expanding upon Western knowledge and philosophy whilst the Europeans were busy being a bunch of uneducated peasants for a thousand years following the fall of Rome? And wait, let's see if I have this straight--if a people is led astray by an idiotic ideology, it is ok to murder them without provocation? That is a Judeo-Christian value? Muslims, Christians and Jews all got along fine for many centuries. It wasn't until Europe got a fucking hard on for enslaving the rest of the globe that we have gotten this crazy form of Islam. Just like we have gotten equally crazy forms of Christianity and Judaism. Maybe we should stop believing in imaginary beings and imaginary central banks and we will be fine...

beemasters's picture

"So far China not only refuses to abide by international law, showing a clear disregard for US warnings about "consequences", but with today's latest diplomatic incident has telegraphed to the world that its respect for the US presidential institution has never been lower."

What do you expect when the US has set worse precedents in not abiding by international laws???

shovelhead's picture

Thats an utter crock of shit.

Read some real history instead of lefty propaganda.

Lore's picture

@ Krungle. Well said, although your label 'Europe' begs for considerable clarification. All the organized religions have been instruments of manipulation for a long, long time.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Nazi's? I guess that's better than the 5 stupid fucking assholes who agree with you?

conscious being's picture

Hasbra Helpers. There's 6 of them now.

Nexus789's picture

They can also knowling starve children and use banned weapons as well. 

Escrava Isaura's picture

Let’s try this: Every Empire is the same. Japan was good for its people but horrible to the other nations/neighbors. Greek empire was the same.

 

Nexus789's picture

The US empire is bad for other people and the majority of its own people. To the degenerates in Washington and the 1% everyone else is expendable.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Wrong, because you don’t know bad.

Bad is when “most” have to spend about 60% of their money in food.

Americans live in an empire. The alternative is horrifying.

 

“America’s elites know that capitalism is totally unworkable. We try to impose it in the 3rd world so we can destroy them”Noam Chomsky

 

herbivore's picture

Let's try this- when people follow leaders, bad things tend to happen.

Escrava Isaura's picture

herbivore: Let's try this- when people follow leaders, bad things tend to happen.

What kind of leaders are you talking about?

Are you talking following artists and intellectuals?

Or, are you talking about following religion and political leaders as well as heroes —athletes?

 

Bastiat's picture

Incompetent and arrogant advance work by the Obama's State Dept -- would you expect anything less.  All these details should have been worked out ahead of time.  The Chinese are obsessed with protocol and appearances.

Escrava Isaura's picture

I think you meant: Chinese’s “Deep State” is obsessed in controlling, something that the Hedgers should know, you would think; but incompetence and arrogance, as you said, gets on the way.

 

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

Agreed. Advanced planning. If they asked for it, they would have gotten it. But, I bet the Chinese sat back and laughed about them being arrogant and not asking for specifics on their needs and planning it out. So, they just let the dumb American politicos come in this way....

 

This is a sterling example of the new America. Politicos who are so dumb and can't do things (except kiss higher ranking politicos asses) that simple things can't and don't get done.

omniversling's picture

Led Rine in Sand...we biwd irand here...you on our irand..this ar irand...all irand bewong to us..JP Morgan biwding and vawt birong to us...Fedweserve birong to us...

earleflorida's picture

perhaps we can lend them ours from 'Waco'...

we massacre'd children and women for freedom...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waco_siege 

Laowei Gweilo's picture

>>> re: "The unprecedented show of disrespect for a standing US president and his envoys "

 

by keeping some journalist rats away from him?

 

if anything they did him a favour lol

JRobby's picture

Just arrogant American Globalists not following the directions provided and insulting their hosts because.........They are arrogant American Globalists.

cheka's picture

note to air control.  route next flight to duterte

shamus001's picture

What!!?? NO!!! I thought only white-Americans were racist? At least thats what the DNC keeps teaching my children. I find it hard to believe that Chinese, Muslims, or any other nation holds ANY bigotry or nationalistic view! Its the "whities" keeping global love from materializing.

CheapBastard's picture

Reuters points out that the argument was specifically with Susan Rice...no surprise there. When trump gets elected all these arrogants will be screamingly unemployed. Hard to say who is more objectionable---the wookie or Rice.

Never One Roach's picture

They need to bring Rice to a "Safe Space" that's all. The Chinaman "triggered" some "microaggression" by telling her to obey da rules.

83_vf_1100_c's picture

  Fuck the plane, it has jizz stains all over the Prez' seat cushion, leaked out of obamas ass. Feel free to test one of your new SAM missiles or Gen7 fighters and send it into the China sea in flames and fragments. We will of course send a stetrnly worded rebuke to the UN but our military is not stupid enough to do jack about it on Chinese turf.

Victorio's picture

Really? Satan's cocksucker having class and sophistication? 

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"According to the pool report, U.S. officials could be heard arguing in Chinese with Chinese officials over how many Americans could go through security at one time, how many White House officials were allowed to be in the building before Obama's arrival, and which U.S. officials were on a security list."~

The cogent point to remember here is that the Maoists are true control freaks. They also have a real hard time with "out of the box" thinking. The Americans should show some consideration. More than likely the Chinese had not completed their bug planting operatiions and needed a little more time. As one British diplomat was told, "If you are not comfortable with being photographed naked, just be sure to do all of your clothes changes under your blankets in your hotel room."

PP's picture

PCA (pernament court of arbitration) is not international court, so Zerohedge mislead his readers in previous articles. Both international court and UN rejected they have any link with PCA. PCA is a PRIVATE court, Philippines paid then more than 30 million US dollars! not 30 million philippine monkey pesos, it it US dollars!

Head arbitrator is a Japanese who is Abe's assistant to get rid of Japan's peace constitution ! WTF......

Now East Timor files an arbitration with Australia on the Timor sea, just after those shit Philippines, you heard anything from your mainstream media? You know what Australian Foreign minister says to East Timor? Bishop said PCA is a shit, fuck you East Timor. you check Australian media.

Islands/reefs in South China Sea are apparently belong to China, it is US retake it from Japan then give back to China in 1946-1947. See US official maps during that period.

So you say China must obey International law and that PCA's Arbitration, fuck you obama, you are liar just like your comrade clinton.

China will build Huangyan Island after G20, so what you can do? you want to send B-1B and B-2 to bombard Chinese construction ships? then China return your Guam with missiles? then you give China a nuke and China return you nukes? you really think US missile defence can interpret all Chinese nuke ICBMs? Day dream. you want WWIII, don't forget US is a country with vast plain but 2/3 China territory is mountain. plain is suitable for nuclear war but mountain is not.

 

 

The Merovingian's picture

The good news is that Obama was heard over a hot mike telling Li that he would have more 'flexibility' to negotiate after this upcoming election when he gets to set up his own foundation just like #CorruptHillary.

pacrim888's picture

Nobody wins in a Nuclear war.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

Islands/reefs in South China Sea are apparently belong to China, it is US retake it from Japan then give back to China in 1946-1947. See US official maps during that period.

Facts are what they are but it is also a fact that the US citizens' nature is eternal and that their capacity to deny facts is astounding.

So you say China must obey International law and that PCA's Arbitration, fuck you obama, you are liar just like your comrade clinton.

Consider, this is a US world order. The US has always been a rogue nation, breaching their own laws and creed. Is it not natural that under the guidance of the US, the world order is rogue world order?

China will build Huangyan Island after G20, so what you can do? you want to send B-1B and B-2 to bombard Chinese construction ships?

Obama is your typical US president. Too bad that Alfred Nobel guy did not want to give a War Prize. With Obama taking one Nobel Peace Prize in spite of his actions, well, the Nobel War Prize winner would have been some good quality warmonger.