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Forbidden City Starbucks closes

A Starbucks coffee shop operating on the historic site of Beijing's Forbidden City has closed down after huge protests.
Starbucks, which has nearly 200 outlets in China, opened the Forbidden City shop seven years ago and removed its brand sign two years ago to address cultural sensitivities.

But the shop continued to draw protests.

China state TV personality Rui Chenggang led the online campaign, saying the shop's presence "undermined the solemnity of the Forbidden City and trampled on Chinese culture".

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 05:26:32 AM EST
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