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China signed a trade deal with Germany that was almost nine times the size of the one secured at London. If you consider the fact that David Cameron had managed to get trade agreement worth  £1.4 bn to British companies, this will give you an idea of how much more that amounts to. So why did Wen Jiabao refuse to shake Angela Merkel’s hand after a press conference and why during their exchange to the media did the Chinese Premier take his earphones off in utter disgust?

Europeans had no right to lecture China about human rights, he is reported to have said.

Watching Wen Jiabao on the world stage, takes you back say a hundred years when two nations were then emerging as major players in their own right.

One of  them was Japan and the other was of course Germany.