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July 3, 1998

(Photograph) - A Beijing University student scans the latest commentaries about President Bill Clinton's visit during which he toured the campus, which has just celebrated its 100th anniversary, writes Charles Brown in Beijing.

Bei Da, as the university is known, has seen many of its graduates continue to further study in the United States. Others have taken less orthodox routes - one of its best-known alumni is the recently released dissident Wang Dan, one of the leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen demonstrations.

In his address to the university, President Clinton was cautious in his general references to human rights but earlier in his visit he did refer to student involvement in the pro-democracy movement and emphasised the importance of higher education in developing the Chinese market economy.

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