Saturday, February 10, 2007

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Gideon Rachman's last detail

Gideon Rachman blogs about his travels to Singapore and Beijing. You should read the whole thing, but I can't resist excerpting how he closes this post:

The question of how peaceful China’s rise will be was... the subject of our seminar in Singapore, organised by the Brookings Institution and the Lee Kuan Yew school of public policy. Generally speaking, the Americans were pretty wary, the Asians pretty sanguine and the Europeans faintly bemused....

Certainly history suggests that the rise of a big new power is often a fairly fraught affair. I was indirectly reminded of this, when I went to have lunch in Beijing with Richard McGregor and Mure Dickie of the FT. Richard had thoughtfully bought me a present: a pirated DVD of Leni Riefenstahl’s “Triumph of the Will”, which he had picked up for a dollar in a local market. It’s good to know that the Chinese are so interested in European history.

posted by Dan on 02.10.07 at 05:24 PM


When I was in Beijing, there was one pirated DVD shop (on a tiny side street in Haidian near Peking University) that was known for carrying esoteric and indie films. That was the only place I ever saw Triumph of the Will for sale. The average DVD shop in Beijing had a Western selection consisting of latest Hollywood hits, kids movies, action films and horror flicks, so I wouldn't read much into the anecdote.

posted by: cure on 02.10.07 at 05:24 PM [permalink]

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