About a month ago, Denmark Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen visited Indonesia and presented President Joko Widodo with an unusual gift: A Metallica “Master Of Puppets” box set.
Lars Løkke Rasmussen spoke in an interview with Channel News Asia and explained why he gave to Indonesia President Joko Widodo.
“Is it true that you gave to President Joko Widodo a boxset of Metallica signed?”
Denmark Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen responded:
“Signed by Lars Ulrich, the drummer who originally invented Metallica because I have heard that the Indonesian president is truly a Metallica fan and a heavy metal fan. And, you know, instead of just giving him a nice Royal Copenhagen [porcelain dish] or whatever, I thought I would give him something he would really appreciate.
So you can call it the ‘hard rock diplomacy.’ China has ‘panda diplomacy,’ so we invented the ‘hard rock diplomacy.'”
Click here to entire interview via Twitter.