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CHINA - GREAT BRITAIN
Liu Xiang's star falls in London as debates rage in China
Liu fell on the first hurdle. This is the second failure after that in Beijing. Xinhua praises the athlete as a "national hero," but in China's blogosphere, people say the trainer concealed the champion's real physical conditions. Liu was an icon in the regime's propaganda machine.
30/07/2012 GREAT BRITAIN - ASIA
London 2012, China already tops medals table
After two days of competition, the children of the Dragon have won six golds, four silvers and two bronzes for a total of 12 medals. Followed by the U.S. and Italy. The shooter Yi Siling won the first medal to be won in the 30th edition, in the 10 meters air rifle competition. Beijing continues to dominate in diving.
25/07/2012 CHINA - GREAT BRITAIN
London 2012: Olympic merchandise made by overexploiting Chinese workers
A Hong Kong-based group releases findings of interviews with dozens of workers. Daily wages are less than US$ 10, but working hours are three times the legal limit. Working conditions are poor and security is nil. Workers lose half a day's wages if they are 5 minutes late. Group appeals to the IOC for a code of conduct for companies involved in the Olympic Games.
13/08/2012 GREAT BRITAIN - ASIA
London 2012: US overtakes China as top medal winner
The 30th Olympiad is history. The official handover was made to Rio de Janeiro, host city of the 2016 Games. After its triumph in 2008, China takes second place, as Chinese media complain about unfair treatment. Amid competitions and records, faith (Bolt and Farah) wins over British relativism.
18/01/2008 CHINA – GREAT BRITAIN
London seeks new investments from Beijing
Premier Brown aims to increase China-Britain trade by 30%. Pressure on human rights and issues of world politics.
01/08/2012 GREAT BRITAIN - ASIA
London 2012, eight Asian Badminton players under investigation for "lack of commitment"
The female athletes whistled by audience and reprimanded by referee, are now under investigation by the Federation. They come from South Korea (two couples), China and Indonesia. The 16 year old Ye Shiwen of China also wins 200 medley; wrath of bloggers for the "shameful" allegations of doping against her. The American Phelps becomes a legend, with the 19th Olympic medal.
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