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July 24, 2003

Blair Cornered by Articulate Students

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, in a time of grave political crisis, can hardly have expected the toughest of questions to come from Chinese students this week. During a Question & Answer session at Tsingua University in Beijing, Blair was confronted by students who were equally articulate in English and knowledgable about current world events. One particularly direct question was "Can you tell us frankly what you felt when you heard the news [about the death of Iraq weapons expert Dr David Kelly] on the plane to Tokyo? How can you get through this political crisis and regain your people's trust?" Would Japanese students have put him on the spot like that?

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