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Fans See Hillary Clinton's Hand in Visa Resolution

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has remained silent, but many eating fans see the steady hand of her diplomacy in the resolution of the recent visa crisis for one of the three Chinese eaters competing in the Nathan's Famous July 4 hot dog-eating contest.

Lu Ming Kui of Beijing had been unable to secure a visa until today, Monday, June 27, three days after Major League Eating sent a letter to the State Department, asking Secretary of State Clinton to intervene.

In the letter to Clinton, MLE stated:

"As a former United States Senator from New York, and as U.S. Secretary of State, we are confident you will understand the importance of this matter.

Lu Ming Kui, one of the three eaters representing China in the Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, is struggling to secure a visa, and we fear that it will reflect poorly on the United States if he is unable to compete.

In particular, we fear that the international community will interpret his absence as an unsportsmanlike effort to prevent China from winning one of America’s most treasured symbols of July 4th – the coveted mustard yellow hot dog-eating belt.

It is also possible that this incident could be cited as a form of protectionism, further complicating recent disputes on this issue."

The State Department did not respond officially to the request for help, nor did it acknowledge that it had received the letter, but MLE Chair George Shea was certain Clinton was involved.

"A skilled diplomat like Hillary Clinton would naturally avoid the media on something like this, remaining silent while discreetly guiding our nation to a new era of cooperation with a rising economic and competitive eating power," Shea said.