Saturday, 18 December 2010

Faith, Finance and far away places…

Tim Nash knows about China and has advised Jersey on the setting up of the Island’s office in Hong Kong.

Here, in this two-part interview he carries on with our theme of looking at the role of Christians in the world of finance. He discusses human rights, Jersey cows, the extraordinary growth of Christianity in China and many more issues and he suggests that a China office established in Jersey might actually be a better deal than a Jersey office in China.

There is a great deal of information on this blog – do try to see it and understand that Chinese people have a very long history that makes Jersey seem a tiny, insignificant newcomer in this world.

Who shall benefit from doing business with the Chinese now – do we need them more than they need us?

Hopefully, the Chinese have forgiven us for our part in the British Imperial past when we supplied the opium that ruined so many lives and was so destructive of their ancient government and administration.

We wonder why the Chinese, long established in Britain and Jersey, have such a minimal political influence here (how many Westminster MP’s of Chinese origin can you name?) yet at the same time China is investing, on a world-wide basis wherever there is economic and strategic advantage?

As Tim Nash explains, Chinese National policy is based upon long- term aims and objectives – not just making a fast buck.

We try to consider the Christian, ethical implications of Jersey’s involvement in this vast country and as an afterthought here wonder whether selling bibles to the billion plus Chinese might be a better basis for honest trade rather than selling tax avoidance schemes…

Submitted by Thomas Wellard.


rico sorda said...

These interviews are brilliant if I don't mind saying so myself.

TonyTheProf said...

A very interesting argument about influencing China. I agree - these interviews are brilliant - try not to let Mike get bought up by CTV!