Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the world something to buzz over at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit- he allegedly hit on the Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan.
This may not actually be the case but then its Putin and he has a reputation that makes it easier to believe all the audacious things he does than not.
The Internet, true to its nature-and reputation-went berserk:
Did Putin hit on </br>China's first lady? - It was fleeting moment but one that Chinese censors were quick to snuf... http://t.co/FyH77Y5xO8— Darla a.k.a. Missy (@MNMissy) November 11, 2014
Putin you dog you... ---> Cut the shawl talk: Chinese censors wipe Putin's move on China's First Lady http://t.co/RwfufboQsK : )/— Chances are... (@Chancesare420) November 11, 2014
@isaacstonefish there goes the Russia China alliance— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) November 10, 2014
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Looking at the incident from a rational perspective; he could easily have been acting chivalrously when he draped a shawl around First Lady Peng Liyuan’s shoulders. But what followed was what prompted the buzz. Though Peng Liyuan kindly accepted the offer with a smile; she was quick to slip off the shawl moments later into the hands of a waiting aide.
So, it was the lady’s snub more than the gentleman’s (yes we have our tongue resting snugly close to our cheek) act of kindness.
Here’s how it all went down:
The State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) were quick to remark upon Putin's chivalrous gesture moments later, saying, "Putin has just placed his coat around Peng Liyuan's body," they were twice as quick to snub any insinuations of the Russian premier hitting on their first lady.