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Ai Weiwei Thought He Was “Close to Death” During Detention

The artist relaxes in his studio in Caochangdi Art District with his cat after his release. (photo courtesy Ai Weiwei via Global Times)

The BBC reports that a source close to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei says the artist thought he was “‘close to death’ during the more than 80 days he was held in a secret police detention centre.” The artist gave his first post-release interview to Global Times, which was published on Tuesday, and Artinfo offers a summary of what the interview tells us.

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