Our man in London with his fingers on the ermine sends us a list of the Queen’s New Year Honours, the U.K. establishment’s annual recognition of its great and good. He notes a dozen on the Diplomatic and Overseas List that are China-related, more than for any other country.
They give an albeit unscientific sampling of what Britain, at least, considers “extraordinary and important service” rendered by some of its citizens in fields as wide-ranging as diplomacy, commerce, the arts and social services. The Shanghai Expo stands out in that regard. Our man’s list excludes honours awarded to U.K.-based officials whose daily round may be directly Sinocentric. Our congratulations (and so you can offer yours, should you so wish, if and when you run into them) to those who are elevated to:
CMG (Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George)
ELLIOT, Ms Caroline Margaret, O.B.E., H.M. Consul-General, Shanghai.
FEATHERSTONE, Simon Mark, lately Director, Shanghai Expo 2010, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire)
MARGOLIS, Richard Paul, Regional Director, North East Asia, Rolls Royce. For services to UK business in China.
OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire)
CLARK, Nigel, lately Chairman, British Chamber of Commerce, Beijing. For services to UK/China commercial interests.
HALLETT, Stephen Walter Garnier, Director, China Vision. For services to disadvantaged groups and increasing understanding of disability issues in China.
LEE, Ms Bernice Wingi Yee, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance, Chatham House. For services to UK/China climate change co-operation.
SMITH, Nicholas Michael, Director, International Festival Chorus and Peking Sinfonietta. For services to music and to UK/Sino relations.
THOMPSON, Professor Kevin, Director, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. For services to the Arts and to UK/Hong Kong cultural exchanges.
MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire)
MILES, Lorna Marie, Mrs., lately Pavilion Director, UK Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo 2010.
OLIVER, Rosalind Stephanie, Mrs., Director, Double Dragon Alliance, Shanghai. For services to the promotion of cross-cultural understanding, particularly between the UK and China.
WAKELING, Susan Jean, Mrs., lately Learning Centre Manager and Teacher, Guizhou. For services to special needs and disabled children in China.