China judged by own history

It is very dangerous to judge China, the oldest and most populous nation in the world, by European and North American standards.

Monday, 18th April 2016, 8:00 am

It must be judged by its own history, a history whose continuous written records go back at least 7,000 years. For the Chinese, it is the past that determines what China does today and what it will do and how it will act in the future.

The last Emperor of China abdicated in 1912 when the Republic of China took over. On October 1, 1949, the Chinese Communists, led by Mao Tse-tung, founded the People’s Republic of China – a one party state, which, under its current President Xi Jinping, still rules China today and whose rule is based, in part, on a determination to eliminate foreign control and punish those Western nations which took from China control of its own affairs.

Bearing in mind China considers Britain to be “the power most responsible for the greatest losses of Chinese territory”, I suggest the Prime Minister and Chancellor are at this very moment being enticed by the Chinese into surrendering much of the UK’s energy programme into Chinese control – the proposed multi-billion investment by China in the UK’s nuclear power station programme for instance – thus enabling China to control not only UK manufacturing, but also UK domestic consumption.

“I want Beijing to take the lead in developing new nuclear plants in Britain,” said Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Then there is the dumping pricing policy currently being applied by the Chinese upon the UK steel industry.

Said George Osborne to Ma Kai, China’s Vice-Premier in September 2015: “We want the UK to be China’s best partner in the West.”

I wonder what Ma Kai thought? “Sucker” perhaps?

E Sutherland-Loveday