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Balance of power shifts, as hi-tech swimsuits cause controversy [ 14:09 August 03 2009]

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The swimming worlds in Rome 2009 will hold fond memories for many of its competitors. More world records have been broken at these swimming championships than anyone would have expected. In the 8 days of competition a remarkable 43 records have tumbled. But the competition and its haul of records have been marred over controversy concerning new swimsuits pioneered by Speedo and NASA and there impact on the swimmers times.

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Going to the Great Wall, and becoming a "real man" [ 10:34 August 26 2009]

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One thing that really speaks volumes about the achievements of the Chinese people is the manner in which the Great Wall of China enjoys recognition from almost every single human being on the planet. It alone is reason enough for some people to travel thousands of miles to China, and it completely lives up to expectations. Well, almost, I hear you can't actually see the Great Wall from space.

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A Scotsman's journey to the east ------- Inside Inner Mongolia [ 16:12 July 30 2009]

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Mongolia is known throughout the world today thanks in large part to the conquests of Genghis Khan during the 13th Century. He and his descendants created an empire that would eventually stretch form present day Poland in the west to Korea in the east, and from the plains of Russian Siberia in the north to China's Hainan Island in the south. The borders that were once under the control of the mighty Khan have since changed countless times and today an Autonomous Region called Inner Mongolia lies within China's boarders.

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Gavin Jon Mowat, editor and columnist for People\'s Daily Online.\r\n\r\nAs a graduate from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, Gavin came to Beijing 2 years ago to study Chinese.\r\n\r\nEnjoying the culture and traditions of the orient so much, Gavin has since left his home in Scotland and is now living and working in China. \r\n\r\nGavin uses his background in writing to share his experiences of China with you at People’s Daily Online.\r\n

Gavin Jon Mowat, editor and columnist for People's Daily Online. As a graduate from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, Gavin came to Beijing 2 years ago to study Chinese. Enjoying the culture and traditions of the orient so much, Gavin has since left his home in Scotland and is now living and working in China. Gavin uses his background in writing to share his experiences of China with you at People’s Daily Online.

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