10 Days in China
edited: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
By Valdemar (Val) R Wake
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Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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I visited China with a party of fellow Australians in March of 2005.
Tiananmen Square was closed to the public. It was Monday 14 March 2005. The 10th National People's Congress (NPC) was in session. Elected delegates from all of China's provinces were in attendance. They had just voted on the Anti-Secession Law. 2,896 delegates had voted in favour of the law. There were two abstentions. No one opposed the law.
As I sat in my comfortable room in the Beijing International Hotel I watched the proceedings on CCTV's International Service, one of more than 30 television channels on offer. CCTV International provided a service in Chinese and English.
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