Hidden in the news pages last week Cameron warned African states over China’s ‘authoritarian capitalism’, claiming that it is unsustainable in the long term.
Twenty five years ago, after travelling for two weeks on business across Africa, I finally arrived in Kenya longing for some rice or noodles. On the way to the hotel I was surprised to see a Chinese restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Upon checking into the hotel, I ventured to this restaurant for some special fried rice or chicken chow mein. I encountered diners using chopsticks! That was an eye-opener, little did I know that Chinese restaurants exist in Africa or usage of chopsticks was common.
As we usher in the new lunar year, the Year of the Rabbit, Chinese families everywhere will be gathering for their reunion dinner to forgive each other and pay respect to our elders.
Will China forgive Cameron for his foolish rant about ‘authoritarian capitalism’?
I am in total despair. Every time Michael Gove opens his mouth, extravagant foolishness and ignorance spews from it.
Cameron’s recent trip to China, using diplomacy to promote business is hardly new. British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world have always promoted trade and her diplomats speak with abundant pride in assisting British companies do business in new markets. Their market intelligence, local knowledge of customs and culture is far superior to any private organisations.
In an interview in the Guardian recently, Morrissey, former singer of The Smiths, describes Chinese people as a “subspecies” because of their treatment of animals. Morrissey is on record as vehemently denying allegations of racism on several occasions.
The response of the British Chinese community was deafening silence. Can you imagine the fuss if Morrissey had [...]
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