Britain’s desperate courtship of Xi Jinping and China: Is it really worth it?
If you ever bother to read Chinese history textbooks, you would find the United Kingdom, along with Japan, depicted as the most vile foreign devils that committed unspeakable crimes against China during its “century of humiliation” (roughly between the Opium War of 1839-42 and the Communist victory in 1949).
Today, the erstwhile foreign devil appears to be atoning for its sins. In welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping to London with the most lavish display of pomp and pageantry in recent memory, the government of Prime Minister David Cameron is eager to show its honored guest that it will not let the past stand in the way of the future. A “golden era” in Anglo-Chinese relations, according to London and Beijing, has just begun.