Search for words of wisdom

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 July, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 July, 1995, 12:00am

'MEN of few words are the best men,' Shakespeare wrote in Henry V and on Thursday the two sides of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group (JLG) may well take a break from days of talks for a visit to the Bard's birthplace.

Tomorrow, the JLG starts a three-day meeting in London aimed at adding detail to the Court of Final Appeal agreement, as well as the usual agenda of localisation of laws, the future of the civil service, CT9 and investment promotion and protection agreements.

But the elegant Locarno room at the Foreign Office where Hugh Davies and Zhao Jihua will lead their respective sides in days of debate across a long table is needed for another meeting on Thursday.

The revised programme has not been fixed but one suggestion is that both sides head off to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit the Bard's birthplace.

The last time they were in Britain they went off on a coach tour to the Channel Tunnel at the end of talks, presumably with 'light at the end of . . . ' and 'product of international accord' metaphors being liberally bandied about.

Doubtless both British and Chinese will have their quotations to hand this time and hope a little light conversation will bring progress on the final day of talks.

As Hamlet said: 'There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.'