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China café: mineworkers unite

Shanghai’s World Expo is nearly over—to the relief of its workers. Plus, Chinese mineworkers unite

By Mark Kitto   November 2010

The photograph was an overhead shot of a university sports hall in Wuhan, central China. The parents of first-year students had accompanied their children to college, and those mothers and fathers who could not afford hotels were now sleeping on the gym floor under candy-coloured blankets.

The photo inspired an assistant editor at the Telegraph to argue that western countries are now doomed, since our parents can’t be bothered to do that. Apparently we don’t care about education, and the Chinese do. Luckily his article, which heralds the complete supremacy of China in all things, was only published online.

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