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Chinese Vice-Premier says USA and China married, but not gay married

Chinese Vice-Premier says USA and China married, but not gay married

Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang said on Wednesday that the relationship between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America is like a marriage – but not a same-sex marriage – during a press conference with US Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew for the annual US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

‘In China when we say a pair of new people, we mean a newlywed couple,’ Yang said of himself and Lew according to The Guardian.

‘Although US law does permit marriage between two men, I don’t think this is what Jacob or I actually want.’

Yang said the two countries had to establish trust between both parties like a marriage and respect their right to have their own voices.

‘We cannot have a divorce the way Wendi [Deng] and Rupert Murdoch just had,’ Yang said.

‘It would be too big a price to pay.’

Yang did not speculate on who was the man and who was the woman in the relationship.

Advocates for marriage equality took to the streets for the right to marry on 1 July in China’s special administrative region of Hong Kong during a march to commemorate the territory’s handover from Britain to China.

Yang is one of four Chinese Vice-Premiers and is considered the third most powerful man in the Chinese Government.