I quote below an article "THE CITY BEYOND WALLS - interview with Mr David Bruce" which shows how the EWT is perceived by an interviewer from another quarter of the world, Nana Zheng, who has had it published in ARCHNEWS 2012:10 pp 114-8.in Chinese and English. A re-edited version of the translation of these pages is recorded here, together with the more controversial conclusion of the Chinese version:
INTERVIEWER NANA ZHENG
a dissertation topic; he discovered this newly established network and David suggested that he create a database of the members of the new network, which was later proved useful. "And so I could be useful to the network and also I found people in the network are very friendly and very interesting to work with." He added.
The Chinese version [reports Nana Zheng] concludes as follows
"Shortly after the completion of this interview report, I heard some more comments on EWT. How I wish I could knew this earlier, so that I could come up with more useful questions for this interview. It always puzzles me that York, as one of the excellent survivals of walled towns, has not joined EWT yet. After I sent this report to Friends of York Walls, I heard that, some official members thought EWT was kinda like a "drinking and social club". Whether fair or not, this radical comment demonstrates the potential difficulties confronted by similar organisations/forums like EWT to some extent. As David mentioned, many similar organisation failed in obtaining support from big countries in Europe - perhaps some of them are holding similar attitudes towards these organisations. However, it can be seen that, this kind of international cooperation does benefit member states, Their successful funding application demonstrates the advantage of such cooperation. Indeed, loose organisations among governments are always faced with all sorts of efficiency problems, mechanism problems etc. I once joked that I would like to set up a similar organisation in China and look forward to cooperating with EWT, but now, I am more inclined to wait and see whether this will be the effective way for walled towns in the future.
This conclusion might be controversial[added Nana] But I guess you [David] may have already heard of similar comments before. At least it is not rare for me [Nana] to hear of comment like this on other organisations.