David Cameron, with a team of Business people, on a trip to China has had a cool response to his suggestion that there should be a new Opium Trade between China and Britain, 'like the good old days' as the PM succintly put it.
Chinese authorities complained a Chinese winner of the Nobel Peace Prize was getting all the headlines when the human rights promoted by Britain's ally, America, should be questioned with their support of torture.
'I can't complain to the Americans' replied Cameron 'we have a special relationship with that country. In any case it was the previous Government that went to war with Bush not us.'
The Chinese were not persuaded by such talk. There was only one Government in China. It was only elsewhere that two Governments were installed.
So with the Opium Trade was given the thumbs down and the Human Rights issue thrown at Bush, the Chinese felt the British were being put in their place.
The manager of our local Chinese restaurant told me that it was futile to speak of human lights in China. 'All the best restaurants dine by candlelight' he explained.