Ah yes, I remember that now. And Nev was probably right.
I wonder whether MT's final decision was influenced more by principle, or by craven ambition. I would like to think it was the former. But it's hard not to be cynical about politics and politicians.
Speaking of which, here's a fascinating Snowden-leaked CIA briefing on China's leader Xi Jinping, dating from roughly five or six years ago when he was VP.