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The Great Wall of steel

The world did not stop in China as State and Party leader Xi Jinping delivered the Chinese Communist Party’s centenary speech at Tiananmen Square in Beijing yesterday morning. Construction workers did not stop their work on the two new bridges over the Liangma River between the Kempinski Hotel and Solana Shopping Mall, although the speech can be easily received via a live stream on a smartphone. In Sanlitun Taikoo Li, one of Beijing’s most popular and classiest shopping and nightlife districts, the speech is even broadcast on a giant screen, but the public viewing spot is deserted except for a handful of spectators. The Chinese know that their president will have not much new to say. And they are proud of China’s successes regardless.

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