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He didn’t bother with Athens, but Bush will go to the games in Beijing

During a visit to Japan on Sunday, George Bush announced that he plans to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing, deeming a boycott of the event "an affront to the Chinese people". One of our Observers for the US reminds us that in contrast, Bush didn't bother going to the 2004 Athens Olympics. Read more...

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The tiger might have been fake but the lies were real

This photo, supposed to prove that the rare South China Tiger's still exists, was published by Chinese authorities last October. While web users immediately recognised that the image was a cut and paste affair, it took officials eight months to admit to their mistake. Read more...

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A month till set-off and this is the watersports area…

One of Our Observers for China alerted us to these photos of Qingdao, the town that will host the Olympic sailing events in August. To say the least, it doesn't look promising. Read more...

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China loses its grip on information, riots break out

The Chinese authorities momentarily lost control over public information this weekend when their desperate endeavours to cover up the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl lead to violent riots in the south-western Guinzhou province. Web users destroyed officials' attempts to downplay the enormity of events by continuously posting images and accounts of the protests. Read more...

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Richard Gere infuriates Chinese with pro-Tibet Fiat ad

Despite complaints from the Chinese authorities, Italian car manufacturer Fiat has refused to pull an advert which shows Buddhist actor Richard Gere gleefully playing with traditional Tibetan children. Read more and see the ad.

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Do you speak Chinglish?

"Chinglish" is commonly referred to in China where official translations into English have for a long time been done on the cheap. The result? Either highly offensive, hilarious or absolutely incomprehensible. See the photos.

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China's "White Warriors" make their way to Europe

Thirty years ago bright white Warrior trainers were worn by only those privileged and cool enough to own a pair of them. Now, they find themselves on the feet of cleaners, construction workers and peasants. So why is student Shumeng Ye trying to get the seventies classics back from "China's working class heroes"? Read more and see the pictures...

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"I find gay marriage bizarre"

On 16 June California became the second American state to give the green light to gay marriage. We asked our Observers, from China to Ghana, if there's a chance of seeing the same thing happen in their own countries. Read more...

Tiananmen commemorations, a perfect example of disinformation

Last Thursday, we published a post about the 48,000 mourners who gathered in Hong Kong to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre. A blogger noticed that for the first time ever, China's state press followed the annual event. However, their coverage of the demonstrations was missing an important piece of information... Read more.

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What do the Chinese know about Tiananmen Square?

"Tiananmen Square" search on Google: on the left in the US, the tanks.On the right, a tour in China.

Chinese expats commemorated the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre yesterday. But while the event remains unforgettable to the rest of the world, one of our Observers for China reminds us that the country itself is almost entirely unaware of it ever taking place, as the authorities have extinguished close to all information about it from the internet. Read more…

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