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Posted by Joel Martinsen on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 11:41 PM
The Beijing News
November 11, 2009
Today's edition of The Beijing News weighs in at a hefty 264 pages.
Launched on November 11, 2003, the newspaper celebrates its sixth anniversary with a 172-page feature on the economic outlook for 2010. Twenty-two economists, from Mao Yushi to Martin Jacques, offer their thoughts on trends for the upcoming year.
A separate section looking back on notable reports from the past six years includes an interview with Dai Zigeng, president of The Beijing News. The first question describes how the newspaper came to be:
The Beijing News debuted with a cover photo of former US president Bill Clinton embracing "AIDS boy" Song Pengfei, a young man who contracted HIV through a hospital blood transfusion and became a well-known advocate for the rights of persons with HIV.
Today's cover image shows the aftermath of a bus accident at Beijing's Sihui station. A public bus started up unexpectedly, and as the driver tried to bring it under control, it smashed another bus, toppled a sign, and killed a waiting passenger.
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