Focusing on China

As one of the largest countries in the world and soon to be the largest consumerist communist nation, China is too big to be the focus of a singular topic. This week while one part of the nation embraced and celebrated capitalist notions of luxury jewellery and reveled in high end fashion, another part had turned from a peaceful protest to an outright riot with the police over environmental and health concerns. It played host to the third Mahajong World Championship in fiery red and the Scottish tradition of golf in the BMW Masters 2012 Championship.

This picture shows a model showcasing a creation from a Chinese designer during the W.S.F.M Weilai Collection during the China Fashion Week in Beijing.?Photo by AFP
This picture shows a model showcasing a creation from a Chinese designer during the W.S.F.M Weilai Collection during the China Fashion Week in Beijing.?Photo by AFP
George Coetzee of South Africa hits out of a bunker on the eighth hole during the final round of the BMW Masters 2012 golf tournament at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai.?Photo by Reuters
George Coetzee of South Africa hits out of a bunker on the eighth hole during the final round of the BMW Masters 2012 golf tournament at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai.?Photo by Reuters
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot on the second hole during the final round of the BMW Masters 2012 golf tournament at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai.?Photo by Reuters
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot on the second hole during the final round of the BMW Masters 2012 golf tournament at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai.?Photo by Reuters
Chinese hostesses in tribal costumes perform at the opening ceremony of the 3rd Mahjong World Championship in Chongqing.  Some 118 participants are taking part in the three-day competition for the title of the best Mahjong player in the world.?Photo by AFP
Chinese hostesses in tribal costumes perform at the opening ceremony of the 3rd Mahjong World Championship in Chongqing. Some 118 participants are taking part in the three-day competition for the title of the best Mahjong player in the world.?Photo by AFP
In this picture Chinese hostesses wearing tribal costumes carry flags of the various participants taking part in the 3rd Mahjong World Championship in Chongqing.  Some 118 participants are taking part in the three-day competition for the title of the best Mahjong player in the world.?Photo by AFP
In this picture Chinese hostesses wearing tribal costumes carry flags of the various participants taking part in the 3rd Mahjong World Championship in Chongqing. Some 118 participants are taking part in the three-day competition for the title of the best Mahjong player in the world.?Photo by AFP
In this picture models pose with luxury jewellery at the Top Marques luxury exhibition in Shanghai. China is set to become the world
In this picture models pose with luxury jewellery at the Top Marques luxury exhibition in Shanghai. China is set to become the world's second biggest market for luxury goods after the United States in five years, overtaking France, Britain, Italy and Japan.?Photo by AFP
In this photo Chinese navy and civilian maritime personnel mark the start of exercises in Zhoushan in east China
In this photo Chinese navy and civilian maritime personnel mark the start of exercises in Zhoushan in east China's Zhejiang province.?Photo by AFP
In this photo, a man takes a picture of a police vehicle damaged by protesters who rallied against the proposed expansion of a petrochemical factory in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China. Thousands of people in the eastern Chinese city clashed with police during a protest over the proposed expansion of the factory that they fear would spew pollution.?Photo by AP
In this photo, a man takes a picture of a police vehicle damaged by protesters who rallied against the proposed expansion of a petrochemical factory in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China. Thousands of people in the eastern Chinese city clashed with police during a protest over the proposed expansion of the factory that they fear would spew pollution.?Photo by AP
Chinese police officers carry a demonstrator away while people protest the proposed expansion of a petrochemical factory.?Photo by AP
Chinese police officers carry a demonstrator away while people protest the proposed expansion of a petrochemical factory.?Photo by AP
Protesters shout slogans behind a line of police officers during a protest against plans to expand a petrochemical plant in Ningbo. More than a thousand people gathered in the eastern Chinese port city of Ningbo for the protest. Protesters gave out pamphlets denouncing the expansion of the plant by a subsidiary of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation in the district of Zhenhai.?Photo by Reuters
Protesters shout slogans behind a line of police officers during a protest against plans to expand a petrochemical plant in Ningbo. More than a thousand people gathered in the eastern Chinese port city of Ningbo for the protest. Protesters gave out pamphlets denouncing the expansion of the plant by a subsidiary of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation in the district of Zhenhai.?Photo by Reuters

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