The Battle For Oriental City

By londonist_nealr Last edited 136 months ago
The Battle For Oriental City

Colindale shopping centre, "Oriental City", has become the nexus of an international dispute. The beloved Edgeware Road mall, which has been called London's "real Chinatown", may be knocked down later this year and replaced with a B&Q home improvement superstore, some flats, a school, and a bunch of other crap. The Chinese consul general, Jiang Yuansong, has written to Mayor of London Ken Livingstone to express his "deep concern" about the project.

If the redevelopment plan by London-based Development Securities PLC goes through, Oriental City businesses will have to be relocated – probably for several years – and their future afterwards is dubious.

The mayor is saying he will review the situation, and listen to all involved parties. But he insists he 'will not be intimidated by Beijing's sabre-rattling!'

Meanwhile, Beijing is sending two aircraft carrier groups to the Channel and has already petitioned the French government for use of its airbases.

The Mayor is urging calm and insists the situation will be resolved through diplomatic channels. Londonist has learned, however, that the British embassy in Beijing has ordered all non-essential personell to evacuate and surface-to-air missiles have been deployed around Colindale.

Oriental City is also well-known for its non-Chinese establishments. Its famous food court features Japanese, Malaysian, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine, and the oldest store in Oriental City is a Japanese tableware shop.

Detachments of Vietnamese troops have deployed alongside regulars of the Chinese army to bases in Ireland and Belgium. Japanese and Thai military officials insist that their recent activities in the Atlantic are part of "routine maneuvers".

Representatives of Piccadilly's Gerrard Street Chinatown could not be reached for comment.

Last Updated 09 February 2007


The sarcasm is very appropriate. China has absolutely no room to talk!!!

After all, the Chinese take-over of Tibet (1959) both caused the displacement of more than 1 million refugees... the construction of the Danjiangkou Dam displaced 383,000 people, and the current Three Gorges Dam project is displacing 1.2 million. Every day thousands of people have to leave areas in the cities that are being demolished.


LOL...I dont know whether to feel insulted or laugh it off, especally implying that one day all Oriental countries will work together when right now, stick five Oriental men from five different Oriental countries in one room to change a light bulb they'll probably just stand there with their arms folded expecting 'him' to do it. Hang on...that sounds familiar.

Neal R.

I hope I insult no one. Unless there really is someone out there mounting an invasion. So invaders, yes - I happily insult invaders. But the Middle Kingdom? No way!