The Trader 

Eyes on China

The Trader

Eyes on China

Wandering in London’s Soho Chinatown last Saturday I noticed businesses were extending the Lunar New Year holiday through another weekend; and it was booming, queues outside eateries, trinket shops groaning with dog, red and jade-related good-luck charms, everyone apparently enjoying themselves. American friends were surprised that a cultural quarter like this existed in Britain; in fact, the Chinese community is one of the oldest in London. Trade between the two nations started in the 17th century and by 1782 sailors from the East India Company spent their shore leave in Limehouse, near the docks. A community of more than 500 lived there permanently by the end of the 19th century.

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