Opinion – We welcome ‘Chinese Dream’ – People’s Daily Onlin – John Gelmini

The Statue of Liberty front shot, on Liberty I...

The Statue of Liberty front shot, on Liberty Island. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The American dream is still real but life has just become harder for people to achieve it, unless they are very bright and very determined.

The UK has not had any real social mobility for at least 20 years because the dream of home ownership has been removed from most ordinary people in the population until they are at least aged thirty-eight, unless they get help or receive a large lottery win.

In America, somebody from the most humble origins can still make it.

Much of the “low hanging fruit in America has gone” but not all of it.

Many wealthy Chinese are leaving China and are already in the West in America, Canada, London, Singapore, Europe and, of course, Cyprus, where Dr Alf has chosen as his new home.

So for them, they have already realised the “Chinese dream” and are searching for a better one elsewhere.

The Chinese Dream that the People’s Daily is talking about is the one that ordinary people aspire to.

For instance, the young graduate I met in Wuxi, who had studied in Beijing and international business at Warwick, simply wanted to earn enough money to buy a house, so he could propose to his girlfriend and get married. As it was getting married without a house is viewed as a “naked marriage”, something quite unsuitable. For him that was the personification of the Chinese dream because it meant he could go to his girlfriend’s parents and get their approval for something that most of us would take for granted.He only spoke to me about this when we both happened to see footage of British students rioting on the conference hall television screen storming Conservative Party headquarters at Millbank in London.He wanted an explanation of why the students were rioting, who had caused it and what the authorities were doing.

My explanation about tuition fees, promises made by Nick Clegg, the breaking of those promises and the Coalition agreement took a little time even for that very bright young man to take in but his expression was one of bewilderment or as we say here “they do not know they are born”.

For millions of impoverished Chinese, working in agriculture and living in grinding poverty, just to be able to work in a manufacturing plant and be able to send money home represents a massive increase in their standard of living.
For them,for a time at least ,that is their Chinese dream.

In time, the Chinese will develop their version of an aspirational dream that reaches everyone and what struck me during my time there, was their sense of mission, something which comes from inside, and is the opposite to the complacency, sense of entitlement and sense of drift, I see and feel that too many people have in the UK.

What is inside people’s heads if they have that sense of mission is an un-articulated dream; the Chinese have it; the Americans, or at least most of them still have it; my late parents had it; many modern immigrants have it.

The Chinese will articulate their dream but the People’s Daily are probably getting ahead of themselves at this time.

John Gelmini

Opinion – China’s education ministry warns qualifications of British universities – People’s Daily Online – John Gelmini

English: Zhang Yesui(Chinese Ambassador to the...

English: Zhang Yesui(Chinese Ambassador to the United States), his wife and Chinese overseas student in America 中文: 张业遂(中国驻美大使)夫妇与中国留学生 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf raises an interesting point.

Chinese students represent the biggest single group of foreign students in the country and an invaluable source of revenue which our universities cannot do without.

This is true of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Loughborough, Manchester, Warwick and Sheffield.

Unlike our students, these Chinese students pay full tuition fees and spend far more in the country than do our students.

I see them every day in Cambridge, have met a number of them in Loughborough and in Wuxi during my visit there in 2011.

This payment of full tuition fees happens because most of them have wealthy parents or parents who are important officials.

The Home Office under Mrs May is still not fit for purpose, in my view, and risks alienating these students and their parents by biting the hand that helps to feed these universities.

One day, they will be important people in their own right and they will remember what happened to them.

As usual, Mrs May and her holidaying boss David Cameron are acting with incredible arrogance and stupidity, especially as we want the Chinese to help fund our major infrastructure projects and build nuclear power stations at Hinckley Point in Somerset. Without these power stations, we will experience damaging blackouts of the kind we used to experience when the mine-workers were able to hold the country to ransom.

The two sets of events are not directly linked but if I can see what is going on so can the Chinese.

Already a consortium of British businessmen and businesswoman are lobbying the Government hard over the visa regime changes made by Mrs May which do not address the problems. These include the directors of Harrods, members of the British Retail Consortium and Willy Walsh CEO of British Airways.

The average Chinese tourist spends an average of £650 gbp per day more than anyone else who comes here but Mrs May and Cameron still do nothing.

Frankly we, in the UK, deserve better than these bumbling fools, currently in government in the UK, whose level of business acumen and commonsense resembles that of a lobotomized Armadillo.

At least in Obama’s US, the country recognize the economic benefit of China’s students who choose the US for their education.

John Gelmini