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The 'hotline' that is really a tepidline

The hotline between the White House and the Kremlin was a cartoon / popular fiction staple for decades, not that I suppose it has even been dusted in living memory, but the Chinese have decided that they want a link to Uncle Sam too.

Not grotesquely inappropriate, but note this sequence of events:

"The two sides reached consensus to set up the hotline during US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' visit to China in November 2007"


....


And today: "China and the United States officially signed here on Friday an agreement on setting up a military hotline between the two defense departments".

There you have it - a need so pressing that it has taken two months to sign on the dotted line.

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Anonymous nomad said... 2:35 pm

They probably had to wait for BT to instal the lines....  



Blogger Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said... 11:10 am

Hell, even my Min has hotlines to everywhere. It doesn't need signing - everyone's interconnected these days, often by videophone.  



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