Is it true that there’s no place like home?
Twenty years ago this month, Hong Kong was returned to China — an event that is often considered to mark the formal end of the British Empire.
Yet there seems to be some reluctance, back home in the United Kingdom, to admit that the British hegemony of the 19th and early 20th centuries is now a thing of the past.
Last year’s European Union membership referendum provided ample evidence of this, with the Brexit vote won, at least in part, because of a certain xenophobic nostalgia for the “good old days”.
Despite the country’s extended period of decline in power and influence over the past century, many Britons still refuse to accept this new reality. Fervent nation-
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China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of tea.
Last year, the country produced more than 2.4 million metric tons of tea, or 40 percent of all the tea grown in alism, embodied in such anachronistic “anthems” as Rule Britannia and expounded by certain elements of England’s rightwing press, is rife — especially among the older generation.
In the four years since I left, my homeland, once synonymous with statecraft and stability, now looks to be foundering.
In addition to referendums, the British public has twice in as many years been asked to decide on who should run the country. Such a rash of polls hardly smacks of solidity, nor does it serve to inspire confidence in Western-style democracy.
Contrast that with China, which over the same period has taken on an ever greater role in world affairs with the Belt and Road Initiative and its commitment to combating climate change in the face of the United States’ withdrawal.
The supposed leaders of the world, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
It also consumed more than 2 million tons last year, or 1.5 kilogram for every citizen.
Tea, an integral part of Chinese culture, is one of the country’s most famous exports.
Last year, exports rose by 1.2 percent year-on-year to 329,000 tons, according to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce.
To promote Chinese tea, the first China International the UK, meanwhile, keep calling election after election, vote after vote, each only really serving to make the country weaker.
Both the Brexit referendum and the latest election, which wasn’t due for another three years, were called needlessly by Britain’s current party of government either in the hopes of healing internal rifts or tightening its grip on power. Neither plan worked. Instead, through such miscalculations and hubris, the future of the UK now looks to be in real doubt.
In just two short years, Britain will exit the EU. That’s not a long time to negotiate all the various border, tariff, trade, citizenship, immigration and other issues that need to be sorted out.
If the country’s newly enfeebled government fails to reach a deal in time, then it will go over what’s been described as the “cliff edge”, cut off from some of its most Tea Expo was held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, in May.
Custommade teas targeting foreign markets are also being made.
In 2015, the Empire Brewing Co started brewing a Two Dragons beer with Jingwei Fu tea, a type of fermented tea produced in Shaanxi province, to tap new opportunities in the sector. important allies and biggest economic partners.
Proponents of Brexit hark back to an imagined past, conjuring up a romanticized view of an imperial Britain that traded with the world. But this is a fallacy.
As Danish Finance Minister Kristian Jensen noted last month: “There are two kinds of European nations — small nations and countries that have not yet realized they are small nations.”
And it was none other than Sir Henry Tizard, chief scientific adviser to the UK’s Ministry of Defense, who said Britain is “not a great power, and never will be again”.
He wrote those words in 1949. Perhaps it’s time his country heeded them.
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Industry specialists say manufacturers should use new technology to improve quality and taste to attract more overseas customers.
More than 2 billion people across the world drink tea.
A woman rides a bike with her children in Huaxian county, Henan province, on Saturday.