It began with a triumphant - and triumphalist - opening ceremony 17 days ago, and tonight another sumptuous visual feast will bring the games of the 29th Olympiad in Beijing to a close.
Despite persistent claims that Beijing has failed to honour many of its pre-games promises on civil liberties, the organisers of the Olympics will feel justified in celebrating tonight.
Since China was awarded the games in 2001, many had forecast that the event would...
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