#18 Globalization

I strongly believe in the good of international trade. And yet there’s something which I have to get off my chest that could as well come from any of the anti-globalization fanatics out there: I ventured out of my hotel in Beijing today in order to find some good local Chinese food. Passing a BMW dealership first and then a Maybach showroom next (I had never seen one before), should have provided me with a clue. I wandered around for about one hour and the only restaurants I could find were foreign – the South German Cafe Konstanz, the OneThousandAndOneNights Middle Eastern restaurant, lots of Thai, Japanese and Korean eateries and, of course, a Starbucks. Disappointed I returned to my hotel, planning not to eat at all tonight. Instead I counted on having Chinese breakfast tomorrow morning. When I asked the concierge at the hotel where I could get good Chinese Youtiao, he suggested that I try KFC. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe that global trade is good, but could it be that we’re overdoing it?

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