Strange to imagine there was once a time when Forbes had a Beijing correspondent. A time of dragons. “Ancient times.”
Yesterday, an editor at the venerable in-flight magazine of Trump Airlines published an article by one of its many, many, many useless contributors entitled ‘China Expert: I’m Drunk,’ in which the author has a chin-stroker of an evening with a China expert who admitted to having already sunk a bottle of claret and several jars.
The conversation indeed sounds like something one might overhear between Martin Jacques and a barstool around closing time at the Bull and Bear.
Other than being British, the writer of a recently “well-received book” and “not on Twitter,” the expert is unidentified but drunk, you say?
Sounds like he’s been drinking deep of the Cup of Tea.
This has the makings of a promising series: Maybe next week Forbes can huff paint with Dave Shambaugh and ask if he’s cracking up? Note: “Chinese conglomerate HNA Group is in talks to buy a controlling stake in the owner of the publisher of Forbes magazine”
UPDATE 25/4 15.04 – A reader alerts: Forbes seems to have taken down the article without comment
Hmm… there is something familiar about this “expert”. Possibly it is the faux-plumminess of their speech. Or the bizarre self-promotion in every second or third sentence. Or the claim to have interviewed many officials. Or the fact that they are emailing whilst obviously drunk.
Getting a 404 on that link, so it seems the post may have been taken down. It seems some people dip below even Forbes’ lax standards.
BTW – no post on the death of the Sanlitun bar street?
“Well-received book”? You’re surely not suggesting this might be the Baron?
Isn’t it time you guys stopped bitching about and spreading rumors other China expats? You’ve been around for awhile, had a year off, and the world has changed a bit while you’ve been away. No-one’s interested anymore.
… or commenting whilst obviously drunk.
Holy crap BJ cream is back?! Since thenanfang is gone and shanghaiist is 50% ads, this is just what we need
“Well-received book”? please suggesting me ?
Shize. Beijing Cream is back. The lowest form of expatriate journalism. Not what Beijing needs.
Maybe next week Forbes can huff paint with Dave Shambaugh. We can not predict what will happen.
What a bunch of total wank. Beijing Creams cadaver just farted.
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