For the person that has everything…

Just in time for early Christmas shopping, Hangzhou sculptors have created clay figurines of the G20 leaders, each on top of the world and with doves on their shoulder.

Here are some photos:


Figurines Of G20 Country Leaders Made To Welcome G20 Hangzhou Summit

HANGZHOU, CHINA – AUGUST 28: Image shows the figurines of Russian president Vladimir Putin (L), Chinese president Xi Jinping (C) and American president Barack Obama on August 28, 2016 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. Folk artist Wu Xiaoli made the figurines of G20 country leaders to welcome the upcoming 2016 G20 Hangzhou Summit. (Photo by Long Wei/VCG via Getty Images)

I’m curious who the sculptors chose as Brazil’s leader:  Dilma, Temer, Neymar Jr.?

h/t @ianbremmer

Diplomacy 101, or the use of strategic bathroom breaks

The Washington Post is reporting that the Canadian PM, Stephen Harper, is resorting to some unusual negotiating tactics in Brazil.  According to a Brazilian periodical Folha, the Brazilian president wanted the all of the “official speeches” to take place in the afternoon.  Harper demanded that they come before lunch and supposedly “locked himself in the private bathroom of the foreign affairs minister until he got his way.”  

That seems like a very unusual issue to take a stand on.  What kind of tactics does he use when the stakes are higher?  like where they are going to dinner?  and what is on the menu?

Both sides are denying this story but diplomats who were present assured Folha that it was true.  It’s almost too dumb to be made up.

The Post goes on to note that this is not even the first time Harper has taken a strategic bathroom break.  At the 2009 G20 photo of world leaders, Harper is not in the picture because he was in the bathroom.  Maybe he was just trying to avoid the awkward family photo aspect of these shots.  Obama apparently found it funny; when Harper returned from the bathroom, “he was greeted by a “jovial” President Obama, “who appeared to find the Canadian leader’s absence quite amusing.”