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Ma Jian's epic of the Tiananmen massacre and its aftermath will make waves across the world. Boyd Tonkin meets the exile who dares to remember China's past

Leading article: Soft power... its uses and abuses

In 2005, Chinese protesters besieged the Japanese embassy in Beijing to protest against new textbooks that, in China's view, downplayed Japanese atrocities during the Second World War. At their height, the protests drew 10,000 demonstrators; there were skirmishes; the embassy was damaged, and there were times when it appeared that the police would not be able to cope.

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Hamish McRae: Can London emerge from financial crises with its reputation intact?

How damaged is the City? As the decision about Northern Rock is gradually absorbed by the markets, people are switching attention to the secondary effects. Sir Howard Davies thinks that the combination of Northern Rock and the non-doms tax saga has indeed been damaging. He deserves to be listened to. He is now director of the London School of Economics but formerly was director-general of the CBI, deputy governor of the Bank of England and the first head of the Financial Services Authority.

Bruce Anderson: We don't need to tell China what it's doing wrong

Human rights has inspired more cant than any other political debatee

Ashton the magician returns from exile to cast his spell over unwary Wallabies

The architect of England's finest attacking play of the modern era explains the way forward to Chris Hewett in Sydney

Gleneagles 'has not reduced infant mortality'

One child has died from poverty, conflict or disease every three seconds since the leaders of the world's richest nations met 11 months ago in Gleneagles, under pressure to make poverty history. The statistic has remained unaltered since the famous "click" commercials over a year ago, when celebrities such as Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue and Brad Pitt lined up to click their fingers every three seconds, to mark the death of another child.

Nadal takes domination on clay to new heights

It was no doubt the first time Rafael Nadal has been presented with a trophy after just one victory and it will be a surprise if it is the only prize he takes home from this year's French Open. The Spanish teenager won his opening match against Sweden's Robin Soderling 6-2, 7-5, 6-1 here last night, but it is another statistic that will go into the history books.

Zhao is cremated amid tight security

The former Chinese Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang, dismissed in 1989 for sympathising with Tiananmen Square democracy activists, was cremated yesterday amid the kind of bizarre circumstances befitting a fallen leader in this enigmatic state.

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