Category Archives: China

By-line in China

A feature I wrote on the cultural history of Georgia and Armenia was published in the international Chinese edition of Travel and Leisure Magazine in June, 2015, through some contacts at the excellent Maximum Exposure Productions. Nice to be published in … Continue reading

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Postcard from Central Asia #3: persuading Madam President

It’s not every day you manoeuvre a former President of a country into doing something they didn’t want to do, and in front of a room full of lots of people. Roza Otunbayeva stepped down as President of the Kyrgyz … Continue reading

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Made in Britain – actually made in China with smuggled Central Asian materials, finishing touches in the UK: cashmere’s long road to our high streets and supermarkets

UK retailers are selling cheap clothes made in China from cashmere smuggled out of Central Asia, a leading academic has claimed. Dr Carol Kerven, Research Fellow at Imperial College London, said that supermarket cashmere sweaters that peel or ‘bobble’ shortly … Continue reading

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The silent hand: China in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

By @JGWillsher I become an acquaintance of an Uighur student in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, a decade ago; he pronounced his ethnic nomenclature as Oi-ghur, not Wee-gerr, as news reports did at the time of Uighur riots taking place in western … Continue reading

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