China’s latest export: peace – Ben Joffe-Walt

From The Guardian:

At this very moment, a Chinese farmer is speeding across Africa on a motorbike, his mission to spread a message of peace from his homeland. Since departing 10 months ago, Chen Liangquan has driven across Asia and visited the majority of Africa’s 53 nations. He hopes to pass on his message of peace to every country on earth within 10 years.

Upon arrival in a capital city, Mr Chen climbs on top of his bike and preaches passionately about his vision. But with little English, money or understanding of diplomatic etiquette, it’s a wonder how the globetrotter has managed to get into so many countries.

He does have one speech in English, tailored for presenting on arrival in each new country. At the Eritrean-Ethiopian border, arguably the most tense in Africa, the globetrotter reportedly pleaded with the soldiers, “I am a peace ambassador from China. My motherland is a peace-loving country. Sisters and brothers in Eritrea are our friends. My motorcycle has brought mud and dust from China, spreading peace to this land.” He was given passage.

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