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Protester Throws Shoe at China's Premier


British police have charged the protester who threw a shoe at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Monday with violating public order.

Police say the man will appear in a Cambridge court next week. They did not identify the suspect other than saying he is 27-years-old.

Mr. Wen was talking about the world economic crisis at Cambridge University when the protester blew a whistle, asked the audience how they can listen to lies, and hurled a shoe at the Chinese leader.

It landed on the stage far from Mr. Wen, who said that despicable behavior cannot harm the British-Chinese friendship.

Mr. Wen's is ending a five-nation European tour where he has been discussing the global economy and China's efforts to bring back stability.

Mr. Wen said at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland last week that China's economy is showing small signs of recovery after a sharp slowdown in the last three months of 2008.

But he told London's Financial Times newspaper that new action may be needed to avoid what he called an economic "retreat." He also said China is taking measures to ensure eight-percent growth this year.


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