Chinese President Hu Jintao to Bill Gates: I am dealing with Microsoft Windows every day

“After a swanky dinner with the world’s richest man, Chinese President Hu Jintao turns his attention to America’s largest exporter, whose sales to China could help ease tensions over a growing trade gap. Hu, who dined Tuesday night at the home of Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, was invited to tour Boeing Co.’s Everett plant on Wednesday, just days after Chinese officials confirmed a commitment to order 80 Boeing 737 jets, in a deal valued at $5.2 billion at list prices,” Allison Linn reports for The Associated Press. “The big Boeing deal is one of several purchases the Chinese made recently as officials try to ease tensions over the massive trade gap between the two nations. It’s one of several issues President Bush is expected to raise when Hu heads to Washington, D.C., later in his four-day U.S. tour.”

Linn reports, “Touring Microsoft’s suburban Redmond campus earlier Tuesday, Hu said he admired what Gates had achieved. He also sought to reassure Gates that China is serious about protecting intellectual property rights, a key concern for the company as it battles widespread piracy of its Windows operating system there. ‘Because you, Mr. Bill Gates, are a friend of China, I’m a friend of Microsoft,’ Hu said through a translator. ‘Also, I am dealing with the operating system produced by Microsoft every day,’ he added, to laughter. Gates responded: ‘Thank you, it’s a fantastic relationship,” and then quipped: “And if you ever need advice on how to use Windows, I’ll be glad to help.'”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “G” for the heads up.]
Damn, that’s a good interpreter! That translation perfectly conveyed in English the idea of how Windows users like Hu feel about that operating system.

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31 Comments

  1. “And if you ever need advice on how to use Windows, I’ll be glad to help.'”

    How do you stop it crashing Bill?
    How do you stop viruses attaching themselves without user intervention Bill?
    How do you sleep at night Bill?

  2. Listen to what he said.

    “Also, I am dealing with the operating system produced by Microsoft every day,”

    I dunno but when I tell someone I’m ‘dealing’ with something generally it means its a problem that I am struggling with.
    Looks like the Chinese president is part of a very large club who thinks it’s normal to put up with the crapware known as Windows.

  3. No one’s going ‘crazy” over the word dealing. Perhaps it’s a translation error perhaps not, but the simple fact is that people spend plenty of time dealing with Windows and i thought it was funny.

    You are the one getting all bent about it, not me. Stop listening to the voices in your head.

  4. I went to China, and there were pirated PC software. However, there was absolutely no pirated Mac software. I saw people were crazy about the iPod, iMac and other accessories. Trust me, the Chinese are indeed civilized!
    Also, the Chinese are getting really rich nowadays. People with the purchasing power are driving Ferrari cars. Therefore, I’m sure they’ll also be choosing the Macintosh.

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