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On China

In every single post I try to slip in small diversions from the “been there done that” narrative – be it a reference to a book I’ve read, a movie I’ve seen, a story I know or some other fact. I do it for my own pleasure and for the pleasure of anyone who’s had enough of reading travellers’ accounts. But every now and then comes a post that is best described as straing away from the travelogue style completely. Like now. So, what do I have to say about China?

China, People's Republic Of


            ”It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is […] national interest.” Who said it? British politician Winston Churchill did. The country he meant was, of course, the Soviet Union. Back in 1939 people in the West knew next to nothing about the moving and shaking happening inside the USSR. To me this quote seems strangely suitable to describe the West’s perception of 21st century China.

Unless one has some specific interest on China, one only learns about China from the news. And when I hear conversations about China, those are all too often a) short and b) predictable.

Oh, don’t tell me about it. They don’t have democracy there [like we do, presumably].”
Yep. And they make cheap stuff too.”
Quality’s so bad it breaks down immediately. Why people bother buying it is beyond me.”
Yeah. And the Communist party does not allow freedom of speech.” Read more of this post