Pandas Come With Strings Attached

At The Guardian, Henry Nicholls examines China’s cultivation of the giant panda as cultural capital, and the terms under which foreign zoos are allowed to take them in. Although Li Keqiang described the pair heading for...

China tries to stop Holyrood reception for oppressed group – Paul Hutcheon

From The Sunday Herald: Chinese government officials tried to block a reception in the Scottish parliament which drew attention to the plight of one of the communist regime’s oppressed minorities. The diplomats, who were taking their orders from Beijing, asked UK ministers to stop an event attended by Uighur refugees. They feared the showcase would […]

New institute to promote China culture – Ian Swanson

From the Scotsman (link): A NEW institute is to be established at Edinburgh University to promote Chinese language, culture and business, it was announced today. The decision to set up the Scottish Confucius Institute followed talks in Beijing between First Minister Jack McConnell and the Chinese Education Minister, Professor Zhou Ji. Staff from one of […]

Learn the lingo and we’ll be in business – Fiona Hyslop

In the Scotsman, MSP Fiona Hyslop writes: THE English language was once described to me, apparently without irony, as the lingua franca of the business world. The implication was that it’s possible to do business anywhere in the world if you can speak English… In the global economy, though, nothing can be taken for granted […]



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