China's belligerence is making it look increasingly like the Old Testament warrior Goliath, not only in its size and power, but in its attitude to the rest of the world. But there the parallel ends, because among the international community - governments, corporations, international institutions - no David has yet appeared. On the contrary, the Goliath that is China today is holding everyone else to ransom.
Invasion, conquest, price wars. Reading the headlines you're tempted to conclude an all-out war has broken out amongst food retailers in the UK. Arguably, the main culprits are German budget supermarkets Aldi and Lidl, who seem to instill fear into the hearts of British supermarket managers at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons. Apparently, the big four are shaking in their boots.
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