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Skinhua and transparent military procurement

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China's state-owned news agency Xinhua is consistently good at one thing: copying photos of hot women from other websites and magazines.

The image reproduced here is from a Xinhua photo gallery called Bai Ling on lingerie ads which comprises photos scanned from Stuff, which may be described as a babes and gadgets lads magazine.

Other interesting stuff on Xinhua today:

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) ... has opened a website to publicize its military material procurement work and ensure its transparency...

...The PLA procurement network ... is said to be the only website of its type, aims to provide a platform between military material suppliers and buyers with the aim of "integrity, fairness and openness".

The website is buggy, and the section that is supposed to contain details of current tenders and contracts is empty. Perhaps it's just a PR gimmick connected with U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's visit to China earlier this week.

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