Oy, vey! China employs Yiddish to denounce 'America the kibitzer'

March 21, 2015 19:02
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China has often criticized American policy in Asia, though it is rare for it to use Yiddish terms to denounce Uncle Sam.
The official state media agency Xinhua published a communique taking America to task for "kibitzing."

"Kibitz" is a Yiddish term meaning "to look on and offer unwelcome advice."

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"Uncle Sam has long been in the grip of many addictions, such as muscle-flexing, preaching and borrowing, but there has turned out to be one more: kibitzing," Xinhua wrote.

Beijing is unhappy that the Americans have advised their allies in the South China Sea region to form a joint naval patrol force.

"Such outside kibitzing, not to mention outright meddling, is way out of line for a party that has publicly committed itself not to taking sides on the South China Sea disputes, which are between China and some Southeast Asian nations," Xinhua said.

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