George Osborne has urged Britons to stop the "sweatshop" stereotype of Chinese industry during a visit to the country with Boris Johnson, although the London mayor previously joked about Chinese sweatshops in a national newspaper column.
Speaking on the BBC on Monday morning, the chancellor said: "I think there is a bit of a British attitude which treats China as a sweatshop on the Pearl River.
"One of the things I'm trying to do this week in China is to change British attitudes to China...this is a country that is right at the forefront of medicine and high-tech and computing and high-tech engineering and all of that."
However, Boris Johnson used his Telegraph column during the 2010 general election to dismiss Nick Clegg as "some cut-price edition of David Cameron hastily knocked off by a Shanghai sweatshop to satisfy unexpected market demand".
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Johnson warned in 2005 that people did not need to "fear" the Chinese. "China will not dominate the globe...Chinese cultural influence is virtually nil, and unlikely to increase," he wrote.
Amid concerns about human rights and corruption, Osborne said China was "tackling its own problems" in the "way it thinks is appropriate".
He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that the UK had a "very strict attitude towards corrupt business practices" but "there is a huge crackdown here in Beijing on corruption as well, so the Chinese government understand that's also a problem here that they, in a very high-profile way, want to address".
Johnson had a tougher time answering questions about China on Sunday, refusing five times to answer enquiries about the country's human rights record.
Not only to Boris go nose-to-nose with rival Ken in a lift during the election, he also <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/30/boris-johnson-in-swear-bbc-reporter_n_1464434.html?ref=boris-johnson" target="_hplink">accused a BBC London reporter of talking "f***ing bollocks" after being questioned over allegations that he was too close to News Internationa</a>l. Missed it? Watch the video above.
Boris Johnson blamed a prior engagement to wriggle out of a set piece interview on the BBC's Sunday Politics - <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/30/boris-johnson-sunday-politics-campaigning-kit-malthouse_n_1463656.html?ref=boris-johnson" target="_hplink">but was spotted out campaigning.</a>
Boris was dispatched to apologise to Liverpudlians in 2004 by then Tory leader Michael Howard to apologise after he accused the city of wallowing in their victim status. He had <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/london-mayor-election/mayor-of-london/8095693/Boris-Johnsons-verbal-gaffes.html" target="_hplink">written in the Spectator</a>: "[They] cannot accept that they might have made any contribution to their misfortunes, but seek rather to blame someone else for it, thereby deepening their sense of shared tribal grievance about the rest of society."
On Papua New Guineu
Boris went one further, and had to apologise to an entire country after he <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5327984.stm" target="_hplink">wrote in the Telegraph in 2008</a>: "For 10 years we in the Tory Party have become used to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing." He said in his apology: "I meant no insult to the people of Papua New Guinea who I'm sure lead lives of blameless bourgeois domesticity in common with the rest of us."
<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/london-mayor-election/mayor-of-london/8095693/Boris-Johnsons-verbal-gaffes.html" target="_hplink">He wrote in GQ</a>: "Here we are in one of the most depressed downs in southern England, a place that is arguably too full of drugs, obesity, underachievement and Labour MPs."
On table tennis
During a visit to <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/london-mayor-election/mayor-of-london/8095693/Boris-Johnsons-verbal-gaffes.html" target="_hplink">China in 2008, Boris said</a>: "Virtually every single one of our international sports were invented or codified by the British. And I say this respectfully to our Chinese hosts, who have excelled so magnificently at Ping-pong. Ping-pong was invented on the dining tables of England in the 19th century and it was called Wiff-waff!"
On gay marriage
<a href="http://labourlist.org/2011/10/spot-the-difference-tory-views-on-gay-marriage/" target="_hplink">He told the Guardian</a> "If gay marriage was OK - and I was uncertain on the issue - then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men; or indeed three men and a dog."
Boris faced criticism <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/apr/16/boris-johnson-no-more-riots" target="_hplink">for taking four days to return from his holiday during the riots.</a>
Boris said of this clip: "My speaking style was criticised by no less an authority than Arnold Schwarzenegger. "It was a low moment, my friends, to have my rhetorical skills denounced by a monosyllabic Austrian cyborg."
On the Left
In a relationship so tempestuous that it overshadows Axl Rose and Slash, Heather Mills and Paul McCartney and the time that Big Ears stole Noddy's bell, Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone are renowned for their heated confrontations. This year's London Mayoral election reached boiling point when Johnson accused Livingstone of being "a f**king liar!" How rude.
On his affair
A court recently decided that the mayor's affair with art consultant Helen Macintyre, which resulted in the birth of a daughter, was in the public interest. He was also sacked from the front bench in 2004 over reports of an affair that he initially described as "an inverted pyramid of piffle".
On St Patrick's Day
Boris labelled St Patrick's day 'lefty crap' in an interview with the New Statesman. In response shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker MP, said the comments were "ill-judged, inaccurate and offensive." "The St Patrick's Day celebrations and all the work that Ken Livingstone did as Mayor played an important role in that. Boris Johnson's comments are ill-judged, inaccurate and offensive." But that's not the only time he's insulted one of Britain's regions...
On football (or is that rugby)
On the Olympics
On his life
And to finish...
... here are 28 photos of Boris looking silly
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