Chinese President Xi Jinping with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 2015. Photo: AP Chinese President Xi Jinping with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 2015. Photo: AP
Chinese President Xi Jinping with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 2015. Photo: AP
Rana Mitter
Opinion

Opinion

Asian Angle by Rana Mitter

Britain thinks China is the new USSR or Japan. It needs to rethink

  • China is neither. The truth is it is both a rival and a partner to the West
  • Could Britons one day gossip about China’s governors, share videos on Youku and monitor trends in Chongqing – while also speaking up on Hong Kong?

Chinese President Xi Jinping with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 2015. Photo: AP Chinese President Xi Jinping with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 2015. Photo: AP
Chinese President Xi Jinping with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 2015. Photo: AP
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Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter is Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford and author of A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World and China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival