Let the samosa in China and the dumpling in India be the instruments of strategy when leaders sit down to what is often a secretly dreaded bilateral banquet.
The Indians and Chinese express raptures over each other’s national cuisine, but do they really relish what either serves at bilateral banquets? Isn’t the art of diplomacy about making your visiting neighbours feel at home and relax their guard? Read more
How to write Mandarin, from my textbook of the Peking University Press:
· Fu (married woman): Simplified form of broom. The character shows a woman sweeping the floor with a broom, thus, a married woman.
· Hao (good, fine): Written with two characters denoting woman and child. For, a woman who has a child is a ‘good’ thing. Read more
India and China constantly bicker over the border and bilateral business, but the neighbours bond over judging suitable brides. Check this:
Xinhua, Nov 11: Some 1,500 young women have submitted applications in Guangzhou, capital of southern China’s Guangdong province, to attend a ball which hosts a field of single and quite wealthy men Read more
My first teacher in Beijing made me repeat ‘jerk’ and ‘church’ several times until I could growl the Mandarin Rrrr. After a gap, I’m now back to school where a 26-year-old Song laoshi (Teacher Song) stares at me wide-eyed and orders: angry, I want more angry!’ Read more
One of Beijing’s oldest pre-capitalist relics is now a desolate monolith flanked by a bustling Baskin Robbins, a French cafe and five-star hotels on either side of the city’s main east-west avenue.
The government-run Friendship Stores in China used to be shops exclusively for foreigners. Read more