Minitrue: What Could China Learn From the UK?
The following censorship instruction, issued to the media by government authorities, has been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source
On his recent official tour of Europe, Premier Li Keqiang spent three days in the UK, where he met with both the Queen and Prime Minister David Cameron. During the visit, tension concerning previous criticism on China’s human rights situation was as much in the spotlight as were the bilateral economic agreements, and media commentary noted Cameron’s realpolitik willingness to remain mum on human rights in exchange for investment. Following Li’s departure Last week, the BBC ran an editorial by China editor Carrie Gracie, in which she described four lessons that China could learn from the UK: “For [Li], the UK is not a museum but a compelling case study […]. It is also a country which manages to stay rich despite glaring contradictions. In short, a country worth studying.” Some Chinese media noted the BBC’s article and outlined the four lessons described by Gracie—for example, the Global Times’ now-deleted weibo [Chinese].
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