Monday, June 02, 2008

An Artistic Rendition of A Historic Moment

On the right is an artistic rendition of a historic moment when the Chinese President Hu Jintao met Premier Wen Jiabao at a Sichuan airport. Wen had been working non-stop for a week in the devastated disaster area on rescue and relief operations.

In the picture captured by a Xinhua News Agency reporter Ju Peng, the encounter looks like an emperor greets his general on a victory triumph. In the officially released oil painting, however, Wen looks like an old servant facing his master. One question is which edition is closer to the truth, but it is overshadowed by the fact that self-censorship is working any where, any time.

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