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June 19, 2018
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BEIJING, July 30 — There is an old Chinese saying that when noble guests visit, the streets must be sprinkled with clean water.

(Washington Post — 31 July, 2008)
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BEIJING, July 31 — Eight days before the 2008 Summer Games kick off in the iconic new open-air stadium known as the Bird’s Nest, Beijing’s air quality is still so unpredictable that officials were forced Thursday to announce emergency contingency plans.

(Washington Post — 1 August, 2008)
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BEIJING, July 31 — China on Thursday issued a strong rebuke of President Bush for meeting with five Chinese dissidents in the White House this week, saying he had “rudely interfered” with China’s internal affairs and sent a “seriously wrong” message to others who criticize the country.

(Washington Post — 1 August, 2008)
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BEIJING, Aug. 1 — President Hu Jintao said Friday that Beijing’s role as host of the upcoming Olympic Games shows the world has confidence that China’s economic and strategic rise can be carried out peacefully in cooperation with other nations.

(Washington Post — 1 August, 2008)
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