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European press review by Michel Philippot

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I’m sending you this little satire from China. It’s a strange feeling to select photographs that have nothing to do with the people that surround you. Distance, like time, has the power to give an event life or make it disappear. Forgive this truism... The Chinese care little for the Punch & Judy show being performed as we speak by the French Right, protests in England and Spain, the taking of Goma by the M23, bombs falling on Gaza. The locals newspapers cover none of that. Their role is to highlight the brilliant accomplishments of the local and national leaders. I don’t even read Mandarin; you can tell just by looking at the photos. But as for social progress, here’s a sample from the November 21 edition of China Daily.

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