It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.
— Deng Xiaoping
Li Zhaoxing, pictured to the left, on my new Capitol One credit card is a very cool diplomat. During part of the Cultural Revolution, he worked in China’s Embassy in Kenya and learned Swahili.
Li, who is now a professor at Peking University and Honorable President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs after having served both as China’s Ambassador to the U.S. and recently as Foreign Minister of China, hopefully will be thrilled to be China’s first ever Foreign Minister depicted on a credit card — or at least I hope so.
I figured that since I have this picture of the two of us in my office, it’s not too much of a leap to think it would be fine with everyone to carry the pic in my wallet — and sort of like Deng Xiaoping said, the credit card thing is, well. . .”my cat”.
I’m going to use this card next time I pay my visa fee at the Consulate.
For those interested, not only does Capital One permit you to put your own image on a credit card, but at this point, does not charge the 3% international transaction fee that most other bank cards impose.
— Steve Clemons