While the pundits ponder which country is likely to come out ahead in this week’s summit between the Chinese President and President Obama, Asia’s most animated commentators have already made up their minds. Last November,Taiwan’s Next Media Animation released a video where cartoon versions of President Hu and President Obama matched each other rhyme-for-rhyme in a hip-hop face-off over currency that went viral.
In NMA’s latest take on Sino-U.S. relations, Obama has gone from Hu’s rap nemesis to his valet-parking attendant. The animators explained the change in tone was intentional. saying, “In the past, before these meetings, China would usually make concessions ahead of time to smooth the way for negotiations. This time, they haven’t done that, which to us says they’re feeling confident.”