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Francois Bougon

Francois Bougon

    Media taboos linger in China, but journalists push envelope
    Media taboos linger in China, but journalists push envelope
    On the eve of reform, China's regimented media relied on daily slogans, but 30 years on journalists are pushing the envelope, helped by the...
    Home away from home for Olympic tourists
    Home away from home for Olympic tourists
    During the Olympic Games Gao Benxu hopes to brush up his English by opening up his apartment to a family visiting from abroad as part of an Olympic...
    China appoints Africa envoy to focus on Darfur
    China appoints Africa envoy to focus on Darfur
    China has appointed a seasoned diplomat as its special Africa envoy, with a brief to focus on Darfur, the government said on Thursday, amid growing...
    Black gold for some is black death for others
    Black gold for some is black death for others
    Coal may be Shanxi's black gold, but it is the peasants of this north Chinese province who have to live with the consequences as their homes sink,...
    No diet for Kim Jong-Il despite ban on luxuries
    No diet for Kim Jong-Il despite ban on luxuries
    A gourmet with a taste for the good life, North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong-Il will continue to enjoy his favourite French wines and foreign...
    Tourism threatens the jewel of Tibet
    Tourism threatens the jewel of Tibet
    Forty years ago during the Cultural Revolution, it took an edict from China's then premier Zhou Enlai to protect the Potala Palace from the...
    Railway poses new dangers to fragile Tibetan plateau
    Railway poses new dangers to fragile Tibetan plateau
    While China is keen to stress the environmentally friendly aspects of the new railway to Tibet, many are concerned about the line's impact on the...
    Chinese skiers hit the slopes
    Chinese skiers hit the slopes
    Sporting a stylish knit hat, sunglasses and a heavy rapper-style chain, competitive snowboarder Wang Lei surveys the powdery slope with an expert's...