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- After being placed under house arrest for two weeks, China is allowing aging AIDS activist Gao Yaojie to travel to the US to pick up an award.
- Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin has been picked to make the sculpture of Martin Luther King that will be placed in the King Memorial, which will be located in the National Mall in Washington, DC.
- Jagdish Bhagwati reviews The Writing on the Wall, a book by the former economics editor of the Guardian UK, Will Hutton.
- There are now Fifty Papa John’s pizza restaurants in China.
- The European Union wants to include India and China in top level global diplomacy.
- Tuya’s Marriage by Chinese film director Wang Quan’an wins the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival.
- Jeffrey Sachs and Sir Nicholas Stern get on the case of China and the US regarding their role in reducing global warming.
- Australia is going to offer immunisation for Olympic athletes competing in Beijing: “He said around 1,000 potential team members would be offered vaccinations for hepatitis, typhoid, polio, tetanus, whooping cough and diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella and influenza during a six-month immunisation period.”
- Gay and lesbian domestic abuse in China is “rampant.”
- There aren’t too many French language websites in China (excluding personal blogs), so keep your eye on this one.
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