At least, that’s what Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr thought in 1849. Last night I saw something that might suggest he was right but when I thought a little harder about it, well, I’m not so sure.
I was watching a TV broadcast about the celebration in Beijing of 60 years of communist government. It gave me a sense of déja vu as I watched the missiles and tanks parade through Tiananmen Square under the gaze of the key political figures of today’s China. It took me back to the early 60s, when, as a small boy, I would sit in front of our black & white valve TV as the BBC broadcast the Mayday parades from Red Square, Moscow. The ICBMs, the tanks, the politburo sternly arrayed on their balcony – how similar it all seemed. But then, how different China’s relationship is with the rest of the world, compared to the USSR of the 60’s.Continue reading