Under pressure due to rising fuel costs, China points at Britain’s prices
Increasing numbers of Chinese people are becoming aggravated by the price of petrol within the Middle Kingdom. Many point to the United States’ prices and complain that while China’s economy and the local population’s living standards have yet to catch up, fuel prices at often over 8RMB per litre outstrip the prices seen in America.
The Communist party came out fighting today, pointing at Britain and the EU:
‘Compared to the countries the PRC has recently overtaken in economic terms, you can see that China’s petrol price is hardly anything at all.
‘Look at Britain – this so-called capitalist free market economy has more tax on its fuel than the total price of petrol in China! This proves that the socialism with Chinese characteristics is working.
‘The European Union has no strong leadership, so their fuel prices are also higher than China. Chinese people always find something to complain about.’
European critics point to cheap cheese and wine within the EU to counter this line of argument. And human rights.