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Charles and China

There has been much speculation as to why Prince Charles snubbed the dinner hosted by Chinese president Jiang Zemin last week. Probably not because the embassy lies opposite the RIBA, once castigated by the prince as a bastion of the forces of Modernity. Possibly because the embassy itself offends his new softer image: erstwhile Modernist and CP member Colin Penn designed it as an exact replica of what was there before (give or take a few aerials).

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