CE­CILY LIU

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ex­changes, for busi­ness or for per­sonal rea­sons.

Cu­ri­ous to find out more, I sat down be­side a Bri­tish man, who seemed to be in his 80s, and started a con­ver­sa­tion.

The man, whose name is Bill, told me that he first went to Hong Hong in 1949 as a young sol­dier. There, he met a Chi­nese friend with whom he kept in touch for years.

Now the friend has died and his fam­ily, liv­ing in Shang­hai, in­vited Bill to visit them for six weeks.

This heart­warm­ing story of friend­ship was an an­ti­dote to crit­i­cism of China that I had been read­ing re­cently in Bri­tish news­pa­pers.

“Bill, there seems to be so much fear in the press about

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