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How China really sees us

The country's leaders think the UK is quaint, broke and insignificant.

By Isabel Hilton   May 2015

David Cameron and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at a meeting in 10 Downing Street in June 2014. © Facundo Arrizabalaga/AP/Press Association Images

Britain’s eagerness to please Beijing reached new heights over the government’s race to be the first to announce that it would join China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), despite Washington’s undisguised disapproval. Joining the bank is sensible, the United States’s objections notwithstanding; the panting enthusiasm was…

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