Xi’s most obvious and consistent discrepancy lies not in any difference between what the Chinese government says and what the Chinese government does, but between what it says to Communist and to non-Communist audiences.
Throughout the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, words such as faithful, dutiful, and loving have been used to describe the now 70-year reign of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. These have been accompanied by both explicit and implicit calls to emulate her.
With those words—“Her Majesty’s Government will…”—the speech from the throne was not read by the monarch. For the first time since the beginning of the present reign, this important address to Parliament was read for her by her 74-year-old son, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.