Thirty years old today. And providing happiness, cheer, and a faithful thought-stream of the worldview of official China from beginning to end.

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I gather from my friends in the motherland that CD is commemorating the moment with a 100-page special print edition. 生日快乐 indeed! U.S readers will have to make do with the online version and of course the frequent paid print supplements to the Washington Post and New York Times. Plus, the Onion.

However we get our infusion of earnest-uplift consciousness, we are grateful to have it. China Daily, may you have thirty years more, and another thirty. Don't ever change.

(From the website as part of today's birthday-special stories: Premier Wen Jiabao with primary schoolers, under the headline "For Premier, love for basketball never grows old.")

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