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China completed its stint as Olympic host Sunday with a superstar-studded closing ceremony that capped a 16-day pageant of state-of-the-art logistics and astounding athletic feats, set out for a curious world. (New York Times — 25 August, 2008)
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China concluded its debut as Olympic host on Sunday after 16 days of near-flawless logistics and superlative athletic achievement that coexisted awkwardly with the government’s wariness of dissent and free speech. (MSNBC — 24 August, 2008)
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Games Close With a Flourish
Games Close With a Flourish

With another dramatic fireworks display Sunday evening at the National Stadium here, the Beijing Olympics came to a dazzling close, ending two weeks of spectacular athletic performances. (New York Times — 25 August, 2008)
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WashPost: In its scope and its splendor, the pageant proved yet again that China’s Communist Party, while clinging to its Leninist political system, has accumulated the wealth and know-how to pull off a glittering Olympics worthy of a world power. (MSNBC — 25 August, 2008)
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In its post-Olympic era, the question is whether the success of the games will lead China to domestic reforms or convince leaders that their current model is working. (New York Times — 25 August, 2008)
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NBC Universal smashed yet another historic ratings benchmark: The Beijing Olympics is the most-watched U.S. television event of all time. (MSNBC — 25 August, 2008)
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