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article imageChina to show off clean image for 2008

By Carolyn E. Price     Jan 16, 2007 in World
Breaking news, China finally cleans up it human rights abuses ... oh wait ... sorry, its the toilets they are cleaning up. Of course, appearances are so much more important.
Beijing doesn't want to offend any Olympic visitors' sensitivities, so they plan to renovate 1,000 public toilets in its suburbs during 2007. Planning officials are also working diligently to keep their notoriously smelly back-street toilets disinfected and deodorised.
"All the toilets should be clean, water-conserving and installed with efficient ventilation equipment," Xinhua quoted Lu Haijun, director of the City Planning Committee, as saying.
Beijing has set a lofty goal of ensuring that a public toilet is within a five minute walk of whereever you are in the city. That goal, however, remains elusive. By the end of 2006, more than 5,580 public toilets in Beijing had reached "the modern standard", Xinhua said.
To solve the problem, the Beijing municipal government will build more toilets, and had "asked some 3,000 commercial buildings to open their toilets to the public", Xinhua said.
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