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How not to make friends in China

“I am accused of having said that the (Chinese) Communists used to eat children, but read 'The Black Book of Communism' and you will discover that in the China of Mao, they did not eat children, but had them boiled to fertilize the fields.”

Berlusconi said the above to crowds when campaigning for elections in 2006, the comments coming in the middle of China’s “The Year of Italy,” a government-sponsored extravaganza designed to promote a better understanding of Italian culture.

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