The moment Liu Xiang crashed out of the 110m hurdles was, for millions of Chinese television viewers, one of the most dramatic, heart-rending moments of the London Olympics.
But now many have been left feeling duped after it emerged that almost everyone, except for the television audience, knew Liu, China's great hope on the track, was injured and unlikely to have a chance of wining gold.
Is China becoming Africa's new colonial master? Is Beijing sucking away resources to drive its own economic growth, while offering little in return?
Or is such talk the product of fear and envy? Is it a sign of Western anxieties, that China is fast becoming the new power in Africa, building more equal relationships, and undermining Western influence on the continent?
China's space programme is preparing to make its own small piece of history by putting its first female astronaut into space, and China's internet has been buzzing with talk of some unusual selection criteria.
At a launch site in the desert the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft is being readied. It may blast off this weekend, and one of the three crew is likely to be a woman.
As the deadline for foreign combat troops to leave Afghanistan gets closer, the possibility of growing instability is a serious concern for its neighbours and the major regional powers of China and Russia.
In an interview for a Chinese newspaper President Hu Jintao said the SCO member countries will seek a larger role in Afghanistan's reconstruction.
China has detained political activists and placed others under increased surveillance in cities around the country to prevent them from marking the anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square on Monday.
Hundreds died when the Communist Party used the army to crush pro-democracy protests in 1989. On Sunday, the US called on China to stop harassing those who took part in the Tiananmen protests and their families.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in the Chinese capital for annual strategic talks. But the US embassy in Beijing is at the centre of a crisis - blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng is believed to be sheltering inside after his dramatic escape from house arrest.
Mr Chen has become a symbol of human rights abuses in China - so can the two sides prevent this issue derailing talks and ties? Here's my report on the issue:
At the Lucky Hotel, high on a hill overlooking Chongqing, south-western China, they were hosting a conference this week for the city's police officers. The subject was disaster prevention.
Crisis management may have been more apt as the death of British businessman Neil Heywood in one of the hotel's secluded villas has enmeshed China's Communist Party in ever-growing allegations of criminality and corruption.
China's Communist Party is struggling to contain the fallout from its biggest political crisis in years, triggered by the death of the British businesman Neil Heywood.
Bo Xilai, one of the Communist Party's most senior figures, has already been sacked, his wife is being investigated amid claims she had Mr Heywood murdered, and others who say they too are victims of Mr Bo are starting to come forward.
North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong-un, has spoken in public for the first time since assuming power late last year.
Kim Jong-un, who inherited his position from his father Kim Jong-il and grandfather Kim Il-sung, vowed to maintain his country's military might during a speech at a huge military parade in the capital, Pyongyang.
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