Don’t you love the poetry of an official corporate statement? The lawyered-up phrasings that match only a zen koan in their ability to say something by saying absolutely nothing? Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto issued one such comment to its suitor Chinalco, saying, “The company remains committed to delivering this strategic partnership.” Pure poetry! Translation: We still want your money. Whether Chinalco will be able to give them a deal that will satisfy Australian regulators and Rio shareholders is another zen koan we will ponder by a mountain brook while trying to clap with one hand this weekend. In other statements of commitment: Motorola announced that it had inked a one-year US$310 million deal with China Mobile in which the Chinese carrier will use Motorola products to develop infrastructure for its existing 2G networks. China’s Foreign Ministry also stated categorically, absolutely, with finality and authority, that China “has never engaged in so-called manipulation of currency exchange rates to obtain international trade benefits.” The Ministry took issue with a bill being presented to the US congress that would put tariffs on Chinese exports unless they shape up their currency regime. Nonetheless, it’s unclear how far the bill can proceed in Congress, given the Obama administration’s previous refusal to label China as a currency manipulator. Now that’s how you say something by saying nothing.