Daily Archives: 19/01/2020


(yes, you read that correctly) ”Truthful words are unpleasant, pleasant words are not truthful.” (“信言不美,美言不信”) – Dao De Jing Many people are familiar with the terms Panda Hugger and Dragon Slayer. Journalist Rob Gifford, who’s wonderful travel journal China Road was one of the first books on China I read, once defined the two extremes as follows: “A panda hugger is someone who says that almost everything going on in China is good, that China’s progress is a great thing for the world, and that any problems are peripheral. A dragon slayer is someone who says the situation in China […]

On being a Panda Slayer and a Dragon Hugger