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10:37 UK time, Friday, 8 February 2008

Ahead of the Olympics, the Chinese government has waged a long campaign to improve the manners of Beijing's residents. And Renmin University created an annual "civic index" three years ago to gauge progress, surveying thousands of residents and sending out teams of observers. The 2007 study found that 2.5% still spat in public, down from 4.9% in 2006.

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