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The Chinese love eight, no less than the Westerners like seven. Eight has been proved again and again to be a lucky number.
Behind the glitter and glitz of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics last Friday lies a sobering reality unnoticed by a rapturous audience dazzled by the spectacle.
China kicked off the Beijing Olympics Friday with the most stunning, dazzling, breath-taking opening ceremony in history, displaying to the world that the Middle Kingdom, once the world's economic and cultural giant, is now poised to regain its past glory and clout.
As the curtains of the Beijing Olympics are a going up Friday, after seven years of waiting, angst and excitement grow with each passing day.
I have never had doubted that China will win more gold medals than any other country taking part in the Beijing Olympics next month. I am not alone in this naive conviction.
The nascent thaw in cross-strait relations, as evidenced in the much hyped inauguration of direct weekend flight across the Taiwan Strait and the arrival of mainland tourists to Taiwan, is reviving the long dormant call for "diplomatic truce" -- a cease-fire between Taipei and Beijing on the diplomatic front.
Here George W. Bush did it again. Just one month before the opening of the Beijing Olympics, the U.S. president told the world that he would attend the opening ceremony on Aug. 8.
This year's Fourth of July got a new meaning for people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. For decades, they believed in something akin to the Declaration of Independence
Michelle Obama, wife of Sen. Barack Obama who is presumed to be the standard bearer of the Democratic Party in the U.S. general election in November, is in trouble.
It was a powerful, moving, and dignified speech. It was historic, too, judging from the fact that it was America's first woman presidential candidate making a concession speech to her country's first African-American candidate who defeated her in a close, 16-month battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.
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