China's President Xi Jinping is featured three times on today's front page of Chinese state-owned newspaper People's Daily. Xi arrived in Ufa, Russia on Wednesday for a flurry of diplomatic activity ahead of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summits.

The Chinese leader is pictured shaking hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, both of whom are in Russia for the meeting of BRICS. BRICS is a group of emerging economies that also includes Brazil and South Africa, whereas the SCO is a military and political organization that brings together China, Russia, and the Central Asian states.

Curiously, despite mentioning mid-level meetings between the Chinese government and Mexican and Belarusian officials, today's front page makes no mention of the dramatic stock market crash in China. The Shanghai, Hong Kong and Shenzhen exchanges were in freefall Wednesday, and have lost 30% of their total value since June.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: People's Daily is a state-run newspaper in China founded in 1948. It is currently published worldwide with a combined circulation of more than three million.

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Germany's Legendary Clubbing Culture Crashes Museum Space

The exhibition “Electro” in Düsseldorf is an unlikely tribute to a joyful and uninhibited club culture, with curators forced to contend with limits of a museum setting ... and another COVID lockdown.

A woman with a "Techno" tattoo in front of the famous Berghain

Boris Pofalla

DÜSSELDORF — The last party at the Berghain nightclub in Berlin lasted from Saturday evening until Monday morning. On the first weekend of December, some clubbers lined up for nine hours outside the former power plant – and still didn’t make it past the doormen. A friend said that dancing in the most famous techno club in the world on its last evening was like landing a spot in the last lifeboat to leave the sinking Titanic on 14 April 1912.

It is surely a coincidence that the first comprehensive exhibition charting the 100-year history of electronic music in Germany opened in the same week that nightclubs across the country were forced to close. It wasn’t planned that way, but it’s like opening an exhibition about the cultural history of alcohol the day after the introduction of prohibition.

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