The British Conservative Party has encouraged citizens to “Work like the Chinese,” while reducing family tax credits. The Party said that low-income Britons must work hard “like the Chinese do,” in order not to be dependent on government welfare. This line of thinking, has of course, angered a number of British citizens.
The call to mimic the so-called Chinese work ethic comes from British Minister of Health Jeremy Hunt. Hunt is quoted in the British media saying, “My wife is Chinese, and if we want this to be one of the most successful countries in the world in 20, 30, or 40 years’ time there’s a pretty difficult question that we have to answer which is essentially: are we going to be a country that is prepared to work hard in the way that Asian economies are prepared to work hard, in the way that Americans are prepared to work hard.”The British article was translated and posted by the Chinese media, along with translated comments from British Netizens. One Netizen responded, “What is he talking about. Economies that successfully compete with China will be those that invest in education, skills, R&D and technology. Not that ones that mimic China by enforcing low wages, low skills, long working weeks.”The Chinese media put forth that Jeremy Hunt’s Chinese family (his wife, Linda Guo, is from Xi’an and they have a child together) has naturally affected his views on many social issues, and added that all the China-attention is probably stemming from Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming state visit to the U.K. in October.
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