China café

The local media have turned me into the most popular person in this part of China, and made my dog as famous as Lassie. Plus, how to civilise a road, Chinese-style

By Mark Kitto   150

No, I’m not going to eat my dog

Someone told me that I was on the radio. I was baffled. I have been on the radio before: many years ago the World Service had me contribute to a panel of experts discussing business in China. But I was never invited back—the result, perhaps, of a certain cynicism on my part.

Then I realised what had happened. The local media has been engaging in one of its regular quasi-plagiaristic orgies. It started with a small item in the town paper. The story was about how a foreigner (me) set up a…

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