Britain a 'petty' and 'declining' empire, argues Chinese paper

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    Britain a 'petty' and 'declining' empire, argues Chinese paper

    State-controlled tabloid says Britain "hypes" human rights issues because it is unable to accept Chinese superiority and suggests readers take pity on “old declining empire”


    Britain is an “eccentric” and “petty” empire in decline that criticises China in order to mask its own deficiencies, a Chinese newspaper claimed on Wednesday as Li Keqiang, the country’s prime minister, began day two of his UK tour.

    One day after the Chinese premier was welcomed to Britain by David Cameron and the Queen, the Global Times, a prominent state-run tabloid, slammed the country hosting Mr Li as a fading power that refused to accept its dwindling global influence.

    “Britain’s national strength cannot be placed in the same rank as China now, a truth difficult to accept for some Britons who want to stress their nobility,” argued the tabloid, which is affiliated to the People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party.

    The British media “habitually” hyped charges of human rights abuses against China in order to hide this new reality, the editorial added.

    “British public opinion remains prejudiced against China and highly expects to embrace an opportunity to prove that it is superior compared with the emerging nation. Nevertheless, engaging in economic cooperation with Beijing is in its practical interests.”

    “Chinese society is more and more relaxed in dealing with Sino-UK ties, while the British could not be pettier,” the Global Times added, suggesting its readers take pity on this “old declining empire”.

    The furious editorial was the newspapers’ second attack on Britain in six months.

    David Cameron found himself on the receiving end of a similar diatribe last December during a three-day mission to China intended to drum up business.

    “What Cameron does is out of his own political interest and the UK’s national interest. His visit this time can hardly be the end of the conflict between China and the UK,” the Global Times argued in an editorial entitled: “China won’t fall for Cameron’s ’sincerity’”.

    Today’s Britain was little more than “an old European country apt for travel and study,” it added.

    Most coverage of Mr Li’s trip was less aggressive than the Global Times’ invective-filled editorial.

    However, the core message from China’s heavily controlled media has been clear: in Sino-British relations it is now the Chinese that wear the trousers.

    On Wednesday, Chinese pundits marvelled at how their “super salesman” prime minister had scored an audience with the Queen, despite not being China’s head of state.

    “Usually only heads of state can meet with the British Queen and it is another exceptional case for the Chinese premier, which showed how the UK values its relationship with China,” Wang Yiwei, from Renmin University, was quoted as saying by state media. “It is more valuable considering the Queen’s age,” he added.

    Britain had “pulled out all its ceremonial stops for Li,” the Shanghai Daily said.

    Claims that China had threatened to scrap Mr Li’s visit unless he was given an audience with the Queen reflected the “trickery” of the “once-powerful British empire”, the Global Times argued.

    On the eve of the prime minister’s arrival, China’s ambassador to the UK set the tone for the negative coverage, suggesting David Cameron had badly damaged ties between Beijing and London through his 2012 meeting with the Dalai Lama.

    Germany and France had overtaken Britain in terms of their friendships with China, said Liu Xiaoming, the ambassador.

    Li Keqiang took a more diplomatic line at a press conference on Tuesday, although his comments were still far from a resounding endorsement of his hosts.

    Asked if he agreed that China now enjoyed better relations with Germany and France than Britain, Mr Li said: “There’s an old saying in China that when you are at one mountain you shall sing their local song.”

    Britain a 'petty' and 'declining' empire, argues Chinese paper - Telegraph

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    The diatribe is in retaliation to the British attitude that does not give in to awe of the Chinese global Juggernaut roll.

    Much of what the tabloid, Global Times has stated is true, but it quite uncharacteristic of the Chinese to go hammer and tongs against a nation or its PM when the Chinese PM himself is visiting that country.
     
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    Alright, skip the trivialities and reset the skewed attention to see what's on the horizon for Sino-UK rapport

    Also the Guardian -

    China wins stake in British nuclear power and high-speed rail | World news | The Guardian

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    Chinese funds are expected to be directed to the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, based in the same part of Somerset as Hinkley Point B, above. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

     
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    Abusing a nation, where the PM is visiting is a 'triviality'?
     
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    Abusing nations? Isn't it a routine.of tabloids like the Guardian or Global Times?

    Indeed trivial, in comparison to big-ticket deals like nuclear plants, LNG, and RMB off-shore trading centre?

    They have a lot of fun exchanging diatribes, and by the way witnessing impactful events.

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    Western media does what it wants.

    Chinese media is State controlled, or at least, monitored.

    And the Chinese are very careful about protocol and will do nothing that will go against the image of their country.

    There comparing the Chinese media with the western media is like comparing chalk and cheese.
     
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