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Smog and tensions dog China’s Olympic dream

The dangerous levels of pollution in Beijing are not the only thing threatening the atmosphere of the 29th Olympiad, writes Máirtin O’Riada in Beijing.

2nd August, 2008

The dangerous levels of pollution in Beijing are not the only thing threatening the atmosphere of the 29th Olympiad, writes Máirtin O’Riada in Beijing.

On an average day at Purple Bamboo Park in the west of Beijing, the most exciting sight is probably the old-age pensioners meeting to practise their slow-motion morning exercises, or young couples in rowing boats lazily punting around the leafy garden’s small lake.

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