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Obama's gum habit lands him in sticky situation

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 01:05

U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Myanmar, but is still being chewed out in China for chomping on Nicorette gum during APEC summit ceremonies in Beijing. Pavithra George reports.

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It was the chew seen around the world. U.S. President Barack Obama's gum-chewing habit caught publicly during a high-level summit in Beijing, sparked outrage in China and on Chinese social media, with many describing his behaviour as rude and inappropriate. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 32 YEAR-OLD TECHNICAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT RESEARCHER, ZHOU MINGJI, SAYING "I saw this on the evening news broadcast. The criticisms of this that I saw on the internet said that this is kind of disrespectful to Chinese people. No matter if it's an American custom or whether he had some sort of arrogant attitude, I think that this is actually quite bad." (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 66 YEAR-OLD RETIREE, SONG GUILAN, SAYING: "The perspective in China is that this situation, you should be stately, and serious. We shouldn't chew gum. It's an American custom." Obama frequently chews Nicorette, to help him quit smoking. Little did he know that in Bejing the practice would attract such biting criticism.

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Obama's gum habit lands him in sticky situation

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 01:05