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12 Sep, 2020 13:08

Contrasting China and eating out (E349)

What we hear from right-wing conservative Republicans in the US and what we hear from right-wing conservative Republicans living in China is very, very different. Never was there a more dramatic contrast than the disparity in perspective between people back in America and people on the ground, living in China. Why are they getting their wires crossed? Is it a simple misunderstanding or is it something much more politically driven, as Trump and Pompeo rattle their sabers? Mario Cavolo lives in China, along with a million other foreigners doing business there, so we invited him onto the show to ask him about the inconsistency in the two views on such diverse topics as Huawei, the treatment of the Uighur community, India’s incursion into the South China Sea, and of course, the looming US presidential election.  

Has there been a more popular government initiative than the Eat Out to Help Out scheme? In the short term, it served to “help out” the restaurant sector and showed they were safe places to be during the pandemic. But as the scheme comes to an end, will the sector survive? Bilal Ahmed is from a long line of restaurateurs, his grandfather founded Manchester’s first curry house chain after World War II. So, who better to ask about the hospitality industry and one of the many sectors struggling to survive during these unprecedented times?

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