War of words over China breaks out on London graffiti wall

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Long renowned as a graffiti artist’s heaven, Brick Lane in east London has found itself at the heart of a furious political debate overseas after a group of Chinese art students spray-painted Communist Party slogans over one of its walls. The red Chinese characters extolling the “core Socialist values” appeared on August 5, drawing online furore and inspiring counter-graffiti critical of the Chinese authorities and Xi Jinping’s rule.

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