Friday, November 30, 2007

When She Wakes

In the upcoming issue, the Economist has a piece on this week's EU-China summit. It starts like this:

“LET China sleep, for when she wakes the world will shake.” So, purportedly, said Napoleon some 200 years ago. In Beijing this week European leaders have been telling their Chinese counterparts that such unease is at risk of spreading. Once content to let the Americans do the worrying, the EU is joining in.

The Napoleon quote is all nice, but... she? What makes China a woman? I don't get it. And the EU is joining the worrying? Maybe that is why the Xinhua headline went like French President Sarkozy's visit marks new phase in relations.

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