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Tiny old Britain? It's only good for study and travel, says China's state media

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 December, 2013, 5:03pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 December, 2013, 12:26pm

As British Prime Minister David Cameron launched a charm offensive at Shanghai Jiao Tong University yesterday, a state-owned newspaper derided the United Kingdom as merely a destination for Chinese students and tourists.

During the 40-minute meeting with students from the alma mater of former president Jiang Zemin , a relaxed Cameron took questions from the floor. The approach paid off.

"He exhibited humour, confidence and clarity of thought," said Zhang Yang, a student at Jiao Tong. "We enjoyed the open atmosphere and his style of talk."

When Cameron revealed that his old tutor at Oxford University, Vernon Bogdanor, criticised his work via e-mails even 25 years after he had left the university, the 300-odd students burst into laughter.

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Cameron is leading a 100-strong business delegation to China to encourage investment and he has posted pictures of his meeting with top businessmen, including Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, on his Facebook page.

A Global Times commentary described the UK as just "an old European country" that is only a destination for Chinese people to study and travel. It said the UK was "not a big power in the eyes of the Chinese".

It was headlined: "China won't fall for Cameron's 'sincerity'." Beijing was outraged when Cameron met the Dalai Lama last year. "Beijing needs to speed up the pace of turning its strength into diplomatic resources and make London pay the price for when it intrudes into the interests of China," the article said.

Cameron said he had told President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang that Britain was an open market for China's high-speed-railway builders.

"We think we have a lot to learn from China in this regard," he said. "My government has taken a very clear view that the countries that will succeed in the future are the countries with the most modern infrastructure."

In an apparent effort to strike a chord with his young audience, Cameron used a Chinese proverb - "one generation plants good trees and the next generation can enjoy the shade of them".

Asked to comment on the central government, Cameron said the leadership had to give priority to the "many" low-income people to enable them to benefit from economic growth.

Meanwhile, Beijing denied it had sought to target the Bloomberg news organisation by barring its reporter Robert Hutton from a joint event with Cameron and Li on Monday.

Cameron's office said that before the event, it had "raised concerns at senior levels and made clear it would be completely inappropriate to exclude journalists from the press statements".

Bloomberg's website has been blocked on the mainland since it reported last year on the wealth of Xi's family.

Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said: "We try our best to satisfy the needs of other journalists, because the site is limited there, and the arrangements we made in accordance with such requirements were no different from before."

Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse



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Please remind me
did the British invent IP?
Why are religion, language, political ideologies, fashion, ...
and all such enchanting things that are more than free?
Caveat emptor
Looks like Magna Graecia can claim precedence, followed by Venice, then Britain.
That WTO-IP system is the basis of HK's IP laws, one of the foundations of (as Li Ka Shing recently reminded us in a timely intervention), our "rule of law, not of men" system. Our distinctive way of life & values & the need to preserve and enhance our competitive advantages & preserve a level playing field for all is a result of our uniquely winning synergies of Anglo-Chines virtues. So two observations:
1. Science laws & principles are not subject to full IP but the devices that are derived from them, (based on precedence in publication & public exhibition), can be. Examples from Britain include the TV, Jet Engine & Electronic Computer. Hong Kong Spin is another example in its "one country, two systems" "Zhong-Phi" transcultural design as it is derived from & a direct reference to the Asynsis principle-Constructal law of design in nature.
2. Science IP does however, follow precedence convention & copyright. The Asynsis Principle & predictions were first published in a 1994 AD magazine article. They were followed by a comprehensive QED in the Constructal Law, first published in 1996.
The principals behind both have recently joined forces since the two are entirely symbiotic. Constructal thermodynamic behaviours have Asynsis geometries in time. Asynsis visualises the Constructal in a unified new transformative, optimal, sustainable design paradigm.
Looks like it was Magna Graecia, then Venice, with the British soon after.
The UK IP system continues under WTO auspices in HK and is one of the foundations of our rule of law, (not of men), system as Li Ka Shing recently reminded us in a timely intervention re conserving our distinctive way of life and competitive edge that results from a vibrant synergy of Anglo-Chinese virtues.
So two observations:
1. Science laws and principles, both of which the UK has been prolific at for centuries, (also giving the world devices such as the television, electronic computer and jet engine), are not subject to full IP, but the devices that result from them are - based on precedence in publication and public exhibition.
Hong Kong Spin, derived from the Asynsis principle, is an excellent example.
2. However, science principles are covered by a convention of precedence and copyright. For example, the ideas behind the Asynsis principle where first published in London in AD magazine in 1994, while the Constructal law, which is the Asynsis QED, was first published in 1996. The principals behind both have recently joined forces, since the two axioms are entirely symbiotic. N
So nature's thermodynamic behaviours and geometric signatures have been unified into one new universal complexity ToE for optimal, sustainable and beautiful design and development. ****www.slideshare.net/asynsis/asynsis-constructal-press-release251113-28672400



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