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WHAT? Not spending a couple of thousand quid on a romantically expensive Valentine's Day break in Paris? Shame on you. You have been unmoved by a mountain of PR hype. Obviously, you do not love your partner enough. You are the kind of person who would fail to take your mother on holiday for Mothers' Day.

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THE ARTICLES about me in your paper last weekend ("Revealed: Ted Heath's cash links with China", 10 January) were misleading and inaccurate. All the remunerated advisory roles which you claim to have "revealed" were registered in the House of Commons Members' Interests when I first accepted them on behalf of the Dumpton Gap Company in the early 1990s, with the exception of the relationship with Commercial General Union's China Index Fund, which only took effect in 1997.

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Words: Ideological

In one of its leaders on the Clinton affair, the Independent was pointing out that the President's future was bound to be a gloomy one: it depended more on politics than on the law, and "many of the most ideological of the New Right sit on the House Judiciary Committee". I'm not sure how the committee men involved would have taken that word ideological; it has uncomfortable echoes. It was ideology that sent the Jews to the gas chambers, ideology that motivated Stalin's years of terror, and mowed down the Chinese students in Tiananmen Square.

Obituary: Yang Shangkun

"PEOPLE SAY my hands are stained with blood," said Yang Shangkun plaintively at a private dinner a year after the army attack on Tiananmen Square. The table fell silent, one of the guests reported later. President Yang repeated his remark. Still no one dared break the stunned silence. The second most important man in China had uttered a terrible but unassailable truth: the bloodshed around Tiananmen on 3-4 June 1989 still clung to his name like an indelible stain.

Helping to mend broken China

Madame Mao would not approve of a show uniting artists from both sides of the cultural revolution.

Never mind the politics, it's time to do business

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US caught napping for Tiananmen Square visit

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Travel: Have Hong Kong to yourself. Well, almost

A year after the handover to China, Robin McKelvie says there has never been a better time to visit

Clinton speaks out at Tiananmen killing ground

PRESIDENT Bill Clinton yesterday visited Peking's Tiananmen Square, the site of the 1989 massacre of Chinese pro-democracy activists, and condemned the killings as a "tragic loss of life" and "wrong", writes Teresa Poole.
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