David Cameron’s 2013 “China Rocks, Ban Reporters, Fuck Tibet” tour has come to an end, and has left some spectacularly angsty op-eds in its wake.
The Global Times is the most petulant, running a lovely editorial titled “China won’t fall for Cameron’s ‘sincerity’.” The piece highlights Cameron’s daring “provocations towards China over the Dalai Lama issue,” as well as his government’s “interference” in Hong Kong electoral policies. The kicker, though, is this lovely passage:
The Cameron administration should acknowledge that the UK is not a big power in the eyes of the Chinese. It is just an old European country apt for travel and study. This has gradually become the habitual thought of the Chinese people.
The Global Times’ dismissive view of Britain makes it seem as though the islands were just a feckless declining power, that would be willing to compromise on its past principles and present promises just to appease a rising wealthy nation. Oh those crazy op-eds.
On another note, Cameron himself wrote in The Guardian:
There is no country more ready to forge a dialogue of mutual respect and understanding that can address issues of concern and advance our shared interests in the world.
I want to deepen our dialogue on comprehensive reform. And that’s why I hope that China’s economic progress will be accompanied by steadily greater political opening – because I am convinced that the best guarantee of prosperity and stability is for economic and political progress to go together. And I believe that discussing these challenges should remain a part of our partnership of mutual respect and understanding.
“Deepen our dialogue on comprehensive reform” sounds like Cameron has been sucking-up and reading too much China-speak for his own good.