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Still dreaming of China

Whether it's learning Mandarin in schools or trying to do business, our obsession with all things Chinese is out of hand

By Mark Kitto  

Students at a private school in Zhoukou in the Chinese province of Henan (© PA)

From 2008 to 2012, I wrote a column for Prospect called China Café about life on a Chinese mountain, Moganshan, near Shanghai. In 2013 I left China, having written a final sign-off article, You’ll Never be Chinese. My basic argument was: “The Communist Party has destroyed civil society, the education system sucks, and there will be a major…

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