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It is, as they say

Eddie Mair | 16:45 UK time, Tuesday, 13 May 2008

a packed programme, to the extent that a great guest we spoke to earlier has had to be dropped. The Blog, though, gives you a chance to hear what would have gone unheard.

I was planning to say:

"China's response to this latest natural disaster is in sharp contrast to that which followed a huge earthquake in 1976. Then, the authorities downplayed what happened.

The author Diane Wei Liang lived through that earthquake. Her new book, Paper Butterfly, is partly set in the region worst affected by the latest quake."

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