Does China heed Britain's wooing?


An indispensible partnership. That is how David Cameron and his Chinese hosts have agreed to dub their new relationship - forged at what the prime minister today called "warm and successful" meetings in the Great Hall of the People.

Speaking to a lunch of 500 UK and China-based business leaders, he risked speaking a few words in Mandarin designed to sum up the foundations of that partnership - translated the key phrase was "in both sides' interests"

This morning Mr Cameron began a day in Shanghai in a London black cab - the firm that makes them is now owned by the Chinese. He wants not just to secure more investment in Britain but to sell British products here, from building hospitals to sports cars to - unlikely as it may sound -exporting pig semen, worth an eye watering £45 million a year.

Are the Chinese noticing all this wooing? Business leaders insist they are, but one nationalist newspaper said today that their visitor should acknowledge that the UK is not a big power in the eyes of the Chinese. The editorial in Global Times concluded: "It's just an old European country, apt for travel and study."

The prime minister is out to prove them wrong.

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    Comment number 221.

    Oaktree: The Chinese were around long before America was ´a glint in your fathers eye´

    They couldn't copycat America then because we weren't alive yet

    O: The ´American Dream´appears to have began as an advertising campaign

    Today the American Dream is to illegally immigrate to America, treat Americans badly and be anti-American

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    Comment number 220.

    #216 Lucy

    "To a great extent, the American dream has been exported to China and has become the Chinese dream"

    The Chinese were around long before America was ´a glint in your fathers eye´

    Being wealthy in China is highly honorable and a virtue by itself.

    The ´American Dream´appears to have began as an advertising campaign by the ´housing industry´in the 1930´s.

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    Comment number 219.

    In October 2013, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, described the Chinese Dream as a political reform that includes "rebalancing from investment to consumption"

    China is investing all over the world
    and when they are ready they will consume

    The only good thing about China is that they don't allow gay marriage

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    Comment number 218.

    Oaktree:Cameron´s ´big talk ´is for home consumption

    Biden is telling young Chinese to test their leaders and religion
    which is all words for home consumption also

    If Chinese try to question their leaders or promote democracy
    they and their families are usually thrown in jail or worse

    Biden wants to make it look like USA is promoting democracy instead of funding dictatorship in China

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    Comment number 217.

    184 speed

    British invade Tibet 1904

    Massacre of Chumik Shenko

    The Tibetans were mown down by the Maxim guns as they fled "I got so sick of the slaughter that I ceased fire, though the general’s order was to make as big a bag as possible" wrote Lieutenant Arthur Hadow, commander of the Maxim guns detachment "I hope I shall never again have to shoot down men walking away"


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