Special guest stars
PFL: President for Life
PC: Premier Cru
ZZZ: Chinese Telecom Company Head (one of many)
M1, 2: Meeting Minions (Overseas Division)
Translation courtesy of ZTE Phones
PFL: (grumbling). OK, so what do we need here? 500 million?
PC: We think that gets us started. They are loans.
PFL: Yes, ‘loans’
M1: I remember we used to have these meetings back when he was a crooked businessman. Always phone calls. He never learned to use email.
PFL: He may end up more useful as a crooked politician.
(Polite Laughter all around)
(PFL picks up a phone lying on the table)
PFL: What data do we get from these anyway?
M2: Nothing much we care about. Google cares about the shopping and location data. We let them have it as part of the license.
PC: We like the Americans thinking that we’re spying on them with the phones. That distracts from any real spying we might do
PFL: Which never happens.
(Laughter again, more sincere.)
PFL: ZZZ, can we keep moving on this? How long until you can build it out without American components?
ZZZ: We recognize the national goal of total autonomy for all progressive electronic technologies. However that’s not possible at the moment.
PFL: A theme park! Do we have to deal with the little dunce?*
M1: Junior is running it but we don’t deal with anyone but our people. All we’re doing is guaranteeing the loan.
PFL: OK, not bad, Junior is supposed to be even stupider than the child.
(PFL picks up the phone again)
PFL: Do you think we could get The Child to start using a ZTE as part of the deal? I’m sure the twitter insults would work just as well for him
*Son of Child