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China is not afraid of the Internet, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, even as access to the popular video sharing site YouTube appeared to be blocked.

China says web crackdown to be "long-lasting"

China sought on Friday to portray its Internet crackdown as a campaign to protect youth from filth and nothing to do with stifling political dissent, with an official promising long-lasting action against "vulgarity."

24-Hour Room Service: Raffles, Beijing, China

Arriving in Beijing for the first time was a disorienting experience. First thing in the morning and fresh off a body clock-busting flight, I wasn't sure if I was ready for breakfast or the bar. But as soon as I was shown to my room at Raffles Beijing Hotel, any good intentions of heading straight to the Forbidden City were undone – a few stolen hours between the sheets seemed like the only option.

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Courageous Radcliffe comes up short

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Cooke serves up gold

Welsh cyclist storms home to win Great Britain's first medal at the Beijing Olympics

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China in writing: Marathon men of Beijing

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On the brink of historic change, but will China see the light?

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Anne Penketh: Our part in China's brutal crackdown

The ghost of Tiananmen haunts China's Olympic Games. For the West, it is the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre by the Chinese army on 4 June 1989 that is commemorated each year. But the Chinese government will never forget the mammoth demonstrations by ordinary Chinese outside the Great Hall of the People for two months that made the Communist Party tremble.

Olympic hopeful who lost his legs in Tiananmen Square

Fang Zheng was a promising discus thrower when he dared to join the demonstrations in Beijing in 1989 – and fell under a tank. His national pride will forever be tinged with anger. Clifford Coonan hears his story

Chinese get guide to polite conversation

When in doubt, don't ask. That's the etiquette message being transmitted to the people of Beijing ahead of the Olympics next month – sex, religion, age and wage are all taboo when it comes to dealing with foreign tourists. The propaganda department of the city centre Dong-cheng district has issued a list of "eight don't asks" as a guide to showing hospitality.

China ditches Mao to put Olympics on new banknote

China's greatest Communist icon, Chairman Mao Zedong, will be dropped from new 10 yuan (75p) banknotes to mark the Olympics, which start a month from today.

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