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La Vanguardia - Spain | 14/10/2009

A repetition of the Beijing Olympic Games

The liberal daily La Vanguardia draws a comparison between the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing and this year's Frankfurt Book Fair, warning that too much should not be made of Chinese intolerance: "The Frankfurt Book Fair opened its doors with a divided heart. On the one hand is money, on the other hand the well-meaning, civilising mission Europe has presumed to undertake in China for several centuries. To a certain degree this is like a repetition of the Beijing Games last summer, except that China was then playing a home game and now it has the role of 'Guest of Honour' in a major away game. A strange situation. ... Nevertheless we must be careful not to lose sight of the true China between the official image and the dissident-image promoted in the West. China's useless censorship system is the subject of widespread ridicule, and in fact there is much tolerance and freedom of opinion in the country as long as you don't get on the Communist Party's nerves."

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