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Old Jul 6th 2011, 7:51 am
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Spain to ease visa requirements on Chinese tourists - hoping to attract 1 million Chinese tourists:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp...3e05884cf1.6a1

MADRID — Spain, Europe's second-most visited country after France, aims to welcome one million Chinese tourists in 2020, the government said Tuesday.

The country received 89,523 Chinese tourists in 2009, the last year for which figures are available, and Tourism Minister Miguel Sebastian said this figure should rise to 300,000 in 2012.

To increase the number of visitors from China, Spain plans to ease visa requirements for Chinese nationals, encourage more direct flights between the two countries and open more tourist offices in the Asian giant, he added.

The government also plans to publish guides about Spain in mandarin and encourage restaurants and hotels to offer foods and opening hours that are more suited to Chinese tastes
Not sure this will happen as planned. Either it'll be a damp squib, or many times more than 1 million will take this opportunity. Interesting times..
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Perhaps they will all be attracted to all these lovely Chinese shops where they can buy products they are familiar with and speak the same language.

I can't imagine us Plucky Brits doing something like that
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Perhaps they will all be attracted to all these lovely Chinese shops where they can buy products they are familiar with and speak the same language.

I can't imagine us Plucky Brits doing something like that
well not the English anyway, they don't run shops any more
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Spooky! Just read this minutes ago about the new Chinese shops in Madrid.
http://www.abc.es/fotos-abc/20110706...lla-80140.html
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well not the English anyway, they don't run shops any more
To think we were once known as a nation of shopkeepers.

Little doubt the Chinese are taking over the world order as a whole, this will simply help it speed up a little bit more.
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Originally Posted by Dick Dasterdly View Post
To think we were once known as a nation of shopkeepers.

Little doubt the Chinese are taking over the world order as a whole, this will simply help it speed up a little bit more.
It could be a whole lot worse...
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I heard that China had bailed out Spain and were also about to give financial assistance to UK businesses????

They've come along way - good on em!

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Originally Posted by agoreira View Post
Spooky! Just read this minutes ago about the new Chinese shops in Madrid.
http://www.abc.es/fotos-abc/20110706...lla-80140.html
So will Madrid have it´s own China town? Nice!
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So will Madrid have it´s own China town? Nice!
you mean it hasn't got one already - must be a down market town

i would rather have a chinese\cantonese meal than a curry (shudder), but recently have found their restaurants very cold so wouldn't like their electricity bill for the aircon
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To think we were once known as a nation of shopkeepers.

Little doubt the Chinese are taking over the world order as a whole, this will simply help it speed up a little bit more.
The Russian Communist takeover was by force but the Chinese are doing it via the shops and restaurants.
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I heard that China had bailed out Spain and were also about to give financial assistance to UK businesses????

They've come along way - good on em!

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Totally agree......strange but that's global economy for you.
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I heard that China had bailed out Spain and were also about to give financial assistance to UK businesses????

They've come along way - good on em!

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You may want to question how they accumulated this new found wealth.

Producing sub standard products using an oppressed workforce, denying basic human rights, bypassing huge research and development costs stealing designs from other manufacturers and making their own cheap copies. Keeping their currency artificially low on the world's exchanges insures that there is no level playing field for foreign competition. Add to this burning fossil fuels with no regard to the environment

Not so sure good on em is the sort of encouragement people should be giving these people until they decide to contribute to the welfare of this planet rather than killing it
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You may want to question how they accumulated this new found wealth.

Producing sub standard products using an oppressed workforce, denying basic human rights, bypassing huge research and development costs stealing designs from other manufacturers and making their own cheap copies. Keeping their currency artificially low on the world's exchanges insures that there is no level playing field for foreign competition. Add to this burning fossil fuels with no regard to the environment

Not so sure good on em is the sort of encouragement people should be giving these people until they decide to contribute to the welfare of this planet rather than killing it
Ah, well maybe all countries are as bad, maybe the chinese havent surrounded themselves in quite so much propaganda and lies!!! It seems to me that most countries have acted just as bad!! The chinese have just been more clever!

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You may want to question how they accumulated this new found wealth.

Producing sub standard products using an oppressed workforce, denying basic human rights, bypassing huge research and development costs stealing designs from other manufacturers and making their own cheap copies. Keeping their currency artificially low on the world's exchanges insures that there is no level playing field for foreign competition. Add to this burning fossil fuels with no regard to the environment

Not so sure good on em is the sort of encouragement people should be giving these people until they decide to contribute to the welfare of this planet rather than killing it
I take it that you are talking about Communist China, because that sounds distinctly familiar - being the format of Communist Russia for the last 50-60 years.
Russia has its oligarch's who have come out of nowhere to have incomes greater than a number of stable small countries (Abramovich) . China is also going that way.
But then I am sure some cynic will tell me it sounds like the British Empire of Victorian times.

Sorry, no longer have the time or inclination to worry about it any longer. Used to over the past 50 years after I found out what politics was but no one is going to change the way things have gone letalone how they are going for the future. Just grin and bare it.
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was actually speaking from first hand experience.... In 2001 I was invited to a trade show...in 2002 I went back to the same trade show in Berlin and my manufacturer had all their new models out of sight behind curtains as the chinese manufacturers had taken pictures the previous year and now turned up armed with replicas of their entire range

I do my best to avoid wasting my money on substandard Chinese goods and funny enough, judging by the huge interest in German Kitchen appliances I sell to customers in China, so do they when they have the choice.
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