Who thinks China is a threat? Three lonely hands wave in a packed Massey University lecture theatre.
Who thinks China is an opportunity? Jonathan Watts asks. This time, over half of the 140-strong audience raise their hands.
Watts, the Guardian’s Asia environment correspondent, believes China is both.
His April tour around the country followed the lessons of his 2010 book When A Billion Chinese Jump: How China will save mankind – or destroy it introducing the notion of China’s potential as a ‘green’ superpower.
Red China, I’d learnt from history books. A black China, with its smog, rubbish and stench, I knew from a recent holiday.
But a green China? Surely, Watts is pulling my leg.