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I turned down the Chinese navy's kind offer to arrest me. But I will be appearing on CCTV soon

By Mark Kitto   October 2009

I passed up the chance of a good story this month. I was invited to be arrested by the Chinese navy, and I turned it down.

I was riding my bicycle to join the family for a weekend near Ningbo, a sea port. I was still well inland, on a remote road through the hills, when I passed the gate of a naval barracks. At its second gate, a long way from the first, a line of sailors in crisp white uniforms barred my way.

“Stop please!” one of them shouted. “Our commander wants to speak to you. Inside.” He…

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