They apparently took down Copenhagen singlehandedly (about which I’m not displeased); but as FotG David Frum notes:
And not only wrecked the talks, but did so with a conscious display of disdain toward the West generally and President Obama personally.
Surprised? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
As the Mandarin and Confucius* can tell you: face (面子) matters to us Chinese. A display of public contempt is to be taken even more seriously from our countrymen than it is from a Western leader. It is much more significant.
* For those who came in late: Confucius is the Gormogons’ Œcumenical Volgi.