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Humility for all

Posted by Patricia Wen, Globe Staff  August 7, 2008 07:58 AM

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The China Daily, the government-controlled English newspaper, is easily dismissed as a propaganda tool. But, on the eve of the opening ceremonies, it provides a window into the thinking of the country's rulers facing growing criticism over their commitment to individual human rights.

This morning, the front page features a picture of out-sized basketball star Yao Ming, carrying a torch underneath a portrait of Chairman Mao at the Forbidden City.

"Individual identities did not matter on a day of the collective," the article said. "There is no Ji or Jin, no Liu or Lucy."

The 7-foot, 6-inch Yao Ming "maybe a big sports star," said an accompanying article, but he is "the epitome of humility."

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