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There is in fact no such Chinese curse as “may you live in interesting times”. It was a phrase invented by Austen Chamberlain (older half-brother of Neville) in a 1936 speech following Germany’s violation of the Treaty of Locarno.

He attributed the phrase to a member of the diplomatic service who had served in China to describe how, “we move from one crisis to another. We suffer one disturbance and shock after another”.

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