The musical director of the ceremonies, Chen Qigang revealed in a Beijing radio interview a member of the Politburo - the highest ranking body of China's ruling Communist Party - decided Lin was pretty, but her voice was not the best.**********
A change had to be made in the "national interest."
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-- BEIJING -- They look like they are anywhere between 8 and 11 years old, but five of the six girls on the Chinese gymnastics team hold passports that say they are 16 -- the minimum age to be competing in the Olympic gymnastics competition.They wouldn't... would they?
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-- BEIJING -- Not all was what it seemed during the spectacular opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.Maybe B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell can pick up a few P.R. pointers while he's there.
Some of the footage shown to television viewers around the world and on giant screens inside the "Bird's Nest" stadium featured a computer-generated three-dimensional image.
The computerized images were produced by Crystal Digital Technology Co. of Beijing.
"We did our best to create a rendering that would look like the shot was taken live," company spokesman Lei Ming told the Beijing Times. "Most people could not tell the difference."