Exporting to China: Eastward march | The Economist

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This is an excellent article from the Economist. It’s a RECOMMENDED READ. Check it out!

Exporting to China: Eastward march | The Economist.

The article focuses on UK exports to China which are under-performing other major economies. The article concludes that as China becomes a more consumer oriented society there will be greater opportunities for the UK.

Sadly, British exports to China have also been hit directly by policies of David Cameron’s Government. David Cameron himself has upset the Chinese leadership. Chancellor Osborne places no priority on increasing exports, for example, tax relief for learning Mandarin. Visa requirements are discouraging students who prefer Australia or the US. Wealthy Chinese shoppers prefer Paris being off-put by reception and poor service at Heathrow.

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  6. David Cameron, having upset the Chinese for the 5th time by seeing the Dalai Lama in a joint meeting with Nick Clegg, has had £8 billion gbp in trade and contracts held up for months, and only now has £2 billion gbp of that been released due to work by the Foreign Office behind the scenes, with David Cameron scheduled to visit the Chinese in September 1, a month before Boris and his Trade delegation who will arrive in Beijing in October.

    Chancellor Merkel, President Hollande and the Italian President seem to be able to deal effectively with the Chinese and run countries which export to them; in Germany’s case, exporting large numbers of luxury cars, engineering equipment and services, marine equipment and branded merchandise.

    The French do well with their wine, champagne and with joint ventures on vineyards in both China and France, whilst wealthy Chinese woman buy Italian fashions, handbags and designer shoes whilst Ferrari, Maserati, Bugatti and Lamborghini sell outrageously priced sports-cars.

    Georgio Armani and Karl Lagerfeld are treated as heros when they visit China and all we can boast is David Beckham who is the football ambassador who is essentially making money for himself.

    The UK under David Cameron sells next to nothing to the Chinese and seems not to be interested in preparing the UK to deal with them.

    He is the Basil Fawty of Downing Street, without “Manuel” of Barcelona to shout at, who prefers to be an arms salesman for BAe Defence Systems to Arab dictators whilst ignoring everything else.

    Why are we still teaching children Welsh when Mandarin, Portuguese, German, Spanish and Urdhu are the useful languages for the future?

    Why do we make it so expensive and difficult for wealthy Chinese tourists to come here because of Mrs May’s insistence on separate fingerprinting and visas for the UK which failed to sign the Schengen Agreement?

    Currently Paris, Rome, Milan, the Amalfi Coast, and Florence get 7 to 10 times the visitors from China that London does, yet still David Cameron does nothing even though out of 3.2 million middle-class Chinese tourists the UK’s share via China’s biggest travel agency is just 3.2%.

    The shoe industry in Northampton has revived itself by producing top end mens’ shoes for the growing number of Russian oligarchs who live in London and Toteridge but this is down to the efforts of the directors of those iconic shoe firms.

    The UK has market leadership in a number of key areas such as biotech, nanotech, certain elements of financial services, risk management, farming methods and high tech engineering. We also are quite good at management training and higher education and our style of delivery suits the Chinese temperament in ways that some American training does not. To sell these services, we need to employ Chinese and Mandarin speaking people in this country, not just in China and websites for UKTI and LEPS need to be in Mandarin, plus all the languages of the countries we need to be exporting to, particularly in South America, and places like Columbia, where we built the railway system and are actually liked as opposed to Americans who are detested.
    We also need a much bigger export salesforce,perhaps quadruple the size of the present one inside of a Parliament with at least 2/3rds of its number speaking Mandarin via Pimsleur style fast language learning courses.
    To achieve this our schools,the attitudes of stick in the mud company directors whose marketplaces extend to an area no bigger than the territory of my neighbour,s black cat “Beckham” and the attitudes of misguided ministers like Mrs May,all need to change if we are to have any hope of success in exporting.
    Above all we need a hard working Prime Minister who understands that to get inward investment and jobs there is a need to engage with people who are different,eliminate barriers to travel for wealthy tourists and stop imagining that the world owes us a living.
    That man is probably Boris Johnson who should be brought forward to replace David Cameron now rather than waiting for the eventual electoral oblivion that Cameron will lead them into.

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