He had come to make a speech on the global economy but the Chinese premier’s words were overshadowed by what is almost becoming a political fashion statement.
With echoes of the incident involving George Bush in Iraq last December, a man threw a shoe at Wen Jiabao while he addressed Cambridge University. The footwear landed a metre away from its intended target and the protester was quickly bundled outside by security staff. Earlier, despite the wintry conditions, Wen received a much warmer welcome from his British counterpart Gordon Brown in London. In a visit aimed at strengthening trade links between the two countries, Wen said China was ready to play its part in ending the world’s economic woes. ‘‘We are ready to work with the international community to strengthen coordination, cooperation and work together to help the world economy recover as soon as possible,’‘ said the Chinese Prime Minister. China has already pledged a huge 460 billion euro stimulus package to increase the flow of global credit and help boost China’s slowing economy. However, the latest political protest against the Chinese regime will only add to calls for Britain to speak out over China’s human rights record.