Some say the Chinese from the People’s Republic of China are taking over the world. Even international news agencies like Reuters sometimes seem to think this is happening. An unedited Reuters caption for a picture of Luxembourg’s prime minister meeting his Chinese counterpart in Beijing reads as follows: "Luxembourg’s Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Xavier Bettel hold a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China June 12 2017." No, Luxembourg does not yet have a Chinese premier: Li is a communist party bigwig from Beijing and holds no official political office in Luxembourg, where Bettel is the real prime minister, or was on Monday. Imagine if the caption described Chinese President Xi Jinping as the president of SA even before the country is sold to Beijing. The Guptas would be outraged! Words that go Trump in the night US President Donald Trump’s rise to power has led to increased sales in the works of consummate dystopianist, George Orwell, most notab...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.