What is it about the master of the theatre that so intrigues Eastern cultures? Could William Shakespeare act as a cultural ambassador?
Before beginning his formal programme of meetings in Britain, China’s premier Wen Jiabao visited the MG car factory and Shakespeare’s birthplace. In response to a comment by Peter Mandelson about the selection of these places, Wen thanked the previous Chinese ambassador Fu Ying for her advice, but said that Shakespeare was his own choice. He returned to the subject of his boyhood love of Shakespeare in his speech to David Cameron.